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Hun Sen Flies to China for Talks on Trade, Aid

Prime Minister Hun Sen flew to China on Thursday, to attend a trade fair and seek agreements on infrastructure rehabilitation, officials said.

“Hun Sen will raise before his Chinese counterpart encouragement of more investors to come, especially investment in the agricultural sector, hydroelectricity and rice mills,” said Sri Thamrong, an adviser to Hun Sen who accompanied the delegation.

Hun Sen is expected to meet with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and pay a courtesy call on Liu Qibao, secretary of the Sichuan provincial committee of the Communist Party, Sri Thamrong said. Hun Sen will also give a speech at the opening ceremony of a trade fair on Friday morning, in the forum of international cooperation in a seminar on investment.

During the visit, the Cambodian delegation is expected to sign agreements for financial assistance on a road project between Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear provinces and irrigation in Battambang province.

Hun Sen traveled with Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh.

China remains a strong partner in Cambodian development and is the country’s top donor. Its assistance includes development projects and military aid.

Yim Sovann, a lawmaker and spokesman for the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, warned against encouraging too much investment and financial support from China.