Chinese foreign minister begins SE Asian tour in Cambodia

China and Cambodia signed a free trade agreement on Monday as China’s foreign minister visited Phnom Penh as part of a four-nation Southeast Asian tour.

China’s foreign ministry announced that Foreign Minister Wang Yi will make official visits this week to Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos and Thailand, along with a transit visit to Singapore.

Cambodia is Beijing’s most loyal ally in the region, and its economic growth has depended on aid and investment from China. The two nations also have an ideological affinity, stressing tight control by their ruling parties over concerns about human rights.

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