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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chinese VP meets Cambodian king

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (front, R) meets with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (front, L) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 16, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

BEIJING, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinpingmet here Wednesday with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.

Xi said China and Cambodia are good neighbors with long-term traditional friendship, and such a friendly neighborhood has been strengthened in recent years in an all-round way.

The two countries have expanded their friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation in political, economic, cultural and educational areas, Xi said.

"China-Cambodia relations are a good example of cooperation based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence," Xi said.

He praised the contribution of the Cambodian royal family to boosting the ties with China, expressing gratitude for the support on issues concerning China's sovereignty and core interests related to Taiwan and Tibet.

"China attaches importance to the relations with Cambodia, and will make joint efforts to push forward comprehensive and cooperative partnership in a long-term and healthy way," Xi said.

Sihamoni said Cambodia values the relationship with China and will continue to promote their cooperation. He reaffirmed Cambodia will adhere to the one-China policy.

Sihamoni was crowned King in 2004 from his father Norodom Sihanouk who had maintained close relations with China.

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