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Hun Sen To Seek $300 Million From China

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday he would seek $300 million in aid from China on an upcoming visit.

"I need more than $300 million," Hun Sen said. "I will go to meet His Excellency Wen Jiabao, and I will ask on this issue."

Hun Sen will meet Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on a scheduled visit to China Oct. 24.

China has emerged as the No. 4 aid donor to Cambodia, and its investments are the second-most in the country.

"Do not pray for China to be poor," the premier told a conference gathered in Phnom Penh to discuss Asia's role in global economics. "Pray for China to be rich, not as a threat to anyone, but on the contrary, that China will intervene to help."