Cambodian Premier: China Is a Good, Close Friend

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen considered China as a long-lasting, close friend providing its assistance to the national development in Cambodia, mainly the infrastructure construction projects.

He wished the relationship and cooperation between the two countries to last forever, while presiding over the inauguration of the Cambodia-China Prek Tamak Friendship Bridge in Kandal province on Jan. 24.

He also expressed his gratitude to China for its assistance to the national rehabilitation and development in the country.

The premier further appreciated China’s aid to Cambodia, saying that China always carried out all the projects earlier than expected.

He also elaborated on the country’s economic growth and the internal and external integrations.

“In my concept, the main investments must focus on infrastructures such as road, bridge, irrigation and human resources,” he said.

He said, “I am proud of the policy of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) as well as that of the Cambodian royal government, which created a situation to link people to people, along with transportation as well.”

Speaking at the event, H.E. Pan Guangxue, China’s ambassador to Cambodia, said the US$43.5 million Cambodia-China Prek Tamak Friendship Bridge was the third Chinese-funded bridge to open in Cambodia, after the Cambodia-China Sekong Friendship Bridge in Stung Treng province and Cambodian-China Prek Kdam Friendship Bridge, also in Kandal.

Phnom Penh and Beijing have inked agreements to build two more bridges, the Cambodia-China Chroy Changvar Bridge in Phnom Penh and another project in Takhmao.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen said several other highway projects have also been signed or are under negotiation, and that China has already funded the construction of more than 1,500 kilometers of roads in Cambodia.

Last month, during the Cambodian premier’s five-day visit to China, he and Chinese leaders signed 12 agreements related to infrastructure and agriculture projects.

The Prek Tamak Bridge is 1,060 meters in length and 13.5 meters in width, with a designed speed of 60 km per hour. The contractor of the project is China’s Shanghai Construction (Group) General Company.

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