Chinese State Councillor To Visit Cambodia This Week

H.E. Yang Jiechi, State Councillor of the People's Republic of China, will pay an official visit to Cambodia on April 27-28, 2017, at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

During his two-day stay in the Kingdom, H.E. Yang Jiechi will co-chair the 4th Meeting of the Inter-Governmental Coordination Committee between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of China to carry out comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, scheduled to be held on April 27 at the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh.

At the 3rd Meeting of the Inter-Governmental Coordination Committee held in Beijing, China in February 2016, both sides exchanged views and agreed on more than ten points of cooperation � to speed up the signing of document on governmental cooperation in cracking down on human trafficking and combating terrorism; to further promote the two-way trade to US$5 billion by 2017 and to continue supporting the development of special economic zone in Preah Sihanouk province; to prepare and sign the document on One Belt, One Road cooperation; and to boost for the Phnom Penh-Preah Sihanoukville Highway Construction Project.

In addition, the Chinese side welcomed the import of more Cambodian agricultural products, and will continue to provide development assistance and concessional loans to Cambodia. The two sides continued to boost the cooperation financing to support different projects as stated in the five-year cooperation plan 2015-2019 proposed by Cambodia.

Both sides agreed to increase China's assistance in areas related to enhancement of people's living standard and major cooperation projects between the two countries such as national stadium and hospital construction projects, etc., to increase cooperation in agriculture, to organise the 3rd Joint Working Group Meeting on Bilateral Agricultural Cooperation, and to establish an inter-governmental mechanism on forestry cooperation. The Chinese side will continue to promote the bilateral cooperation on agricultural technology.

Besides, the meeting also agreed on the expansion of cooperation in the fields of connectivity, water resource management, flood management, disaster risk reduction, education, tourism, ancient temple restoration, and so on.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press