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Chinese vice president meets Cambodian parliament leaders, stresses parliamentary cooperation

2009-12-22 10:15:50 GMT2009-12-22 18:15:50 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Heng Samrin (R), president of Cambodian National Assembly, meets with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Dec. 22, 2009.(Xinhua/Ma Zhanchang)

Heng Samrin (R), president of Cambodian National Assembly, shakes hands with visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, Dec. 22, 2009.(Xinhua/Ma Zhanchang)

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met Cambodian parliament leaders Chea Sim and Heng Samrin here on Tuesday, with both sides looking to further cement parliamentary cooperation in the future.

Xi said China highly valued Sino-Cambodia relations, and was willing to push mutually beneficial cooperation to bear more fruit.

Xi said the Cambodian National Assembly and the Senate had been paying great attention to bilateral relations and had been in close contact and cooperation with the Chinese National People's Congress.

The Assembly and the Senate had always supported China's stand on key issues relating to China's sovereignty and core interests, such as the issues of Taiwan and Tibet, which China highly appreciated, said the Chinese vice president.

He hoped the two parliaments could further promote cooperation and exchange views and experiences on state administration and legislative supervision, to contribute to the development and prosperity of the two nations.

Senate President Chea Sim said Cambodia and China had been increasing cooperation in areas such as trade, culture and tourism since the establishment of diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago. Cambodia was thankful to China's long-term support and assistance in the process of Cambodia's national reconciliation and economic and social development.

The Cambodian Senate was willing to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese National People's Congress and to push forward bilateral relations, Chea Sim said.

National Assembly President Heng Samrin said, since the establishment of bilateral ties, Cambodia had always stuck to a policy of friendship with China and was satisfied with the current development of bilateral relations.

The Cambodian National Assembly had kept close contact with the Chinese National People's Congress and was willing to work with the Chinese side to contribute to the unity, friendship, and peaceful development of the two nations, Heng Samrin said.

Both Chea Sim and Heng Samrin said Cambodia would always firmly support the one-China policy no matter what happened.

Cambodia is the last leg of Xi's four-nation tour, which has also taken him to Japan, South Korea, and Myanmar.

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