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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Chinese President meets with Cambodian PM

Chinese president Hu Jintao meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Shanghai, east China, on May 1st, 2010

SHANGHAI, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Shanghai on Saturday.

Hu said China and Cambodia enjoy a long history and solid foundation of friendship, and the two nations are good neighbors, good friends and good partners.

He said it is the unswerving policy of China to constantly deepen and expand the comprehensive, cooperative partnership between the two nations.

China is willing to work with Cambodia to boost the cooperation and exchanges in various fields to achieve a mutually-beneficial situation, promote common development and benefit the two peoples, he said.

China will continue to provide support and assistance within its own capabilities for Cambodia, he said.

Hu thanked Hun Sen for his concern for the earthquake-hit region in northwest China's Qinghai Province.

He said that Cambodia, with the leadership of Hun Sen, sees a stable political situation, a growing economy, and rising international prestige.

He said Cambodia's economy has shown momentum of rebound in coping with global financial crisis, and China is delighted to see the achievements Cambodia has made.

Hun Sen congratulated China on the successful holding of the Expo opening ceremony, and thanked China for helping Cambodia attend the Expo.

He said Cambodia and China have maintained close contacts over recent years and Cambodia is satisfied with the bilateral ties.

He extended gratitude to China for the unselfish assistance to Cambodia in its social and economic development.

He said Cambodia attaches great importance to its ties with China and is willing to make joint efforts with China to maintain a good momentum of the sound relationship, enhance cooperation and exchanges in various fields and strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs.

He said Cambodia adheres to the one-China policy and respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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U.S. attacks inside Cambodia, escalates Vietnam war: The Plain Dealer front page 40 years ago today

By Dave Davis

President Richard Nixon addressed the nation on April 30, 1970, with news that U.S. troops had just launched an attack inside Cambodia, an escalation of the Vietnam war that sparked widespread protests in the days to come.

See the coverage by The Plain Dealer and read the text of Nixon's address to the nation below:

U.S. Starts Cambodia Attack

WASHINGTON--President Nixon dramatically announced last night that American ground troops have attacked -- at his order -- a Communist base extending 20 miles inside Cambodia.

Nixon told a nationwide radio and television audience that he would stand by his order, certain to provoke controversy, even at the risk of becoming a one-term President.

"This is not an invasion of Cambodia," he asserted. 'The areas in which these attacks will be launched are completely occupied and controlled by North Vietnamese forces. Our purpose is not to occupy the areas. Once enemy forces are driven out of these sanctuaries and their military supplies destroyed, we will withdraw."

The attack, commanded by American officers and augmented by units of the South Vietnamese army, began about 7 p.m. EDT, about two hours before Nixon address the nation and about one hour before he met with Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress to discuss his decision.

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