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Cambodia To Expand Consular Services in China

Cambodia moved toward official diplomatic expansion into China on Friday, as the National Assembly approved a convention allowing the establishment of at least six consular offices across China.

The agreement, which is expected to spur trade, tourism and other activities, also allows China to open more consular offices outside the capital.

Cambodia currently has liaison offices in the cities of Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Kunming and Naning. These will become consular offices, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong told the National Assembly on Friday.

The passage of the agreement follows improved relations with China in recent years, including a $1.2 billion aid package in 2009 and the announcement of $14 million in military aid this week.