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Hun Sen Hopes To Meet Somchai in Beijing

Prime Minister Hun Sen hopes to meet with his Thai counterpart during several international meetings in Beijing this week, following military clashes on the border and continued political turmoil in Thailand.

Hun Sen left for Beijing Monday, to attend an Asean meeting and a round of ASEM talks between European and Asian leaders.

Adviser Sri Thamrong told reporters at the airport Hun Sen would meet with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and hoped to meet with Thailand’s new prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat.

Somchai is facing increasing pressure from opposition protesters in Bangkok to step down, as Thailand’s months-long political upheaval continues and in the wake of gun battles last week that left three Cambodians and an unknown number of Thais dead.

The Bangkok Post reported Somchai as saying he would attend the meetings in Beijing and would meet with Hun Sen if there was opportunity.