Chinese premier announces new aid for close ally Cambodia

Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced a large development assistance package for Cambodia on Wednesday (Nov 9), oversaw the signing of 18 agreements on aid and cooperation, and attended the inauguration of a highway constructed with Chinese support.

Li arrived Tuesday for a six-day visit pegged to the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which Cambodia is chairing this year. He is to take part in a series of meetings with Southeast Asian and East Asian leaders.

He also is making a state visit to Cambodia, reflecting the close ties between the two countries. China is a major investor and aid donor for Cambodia, which is Beijing’s closest ally in Southeast Asia.

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