Hun Sen Stumps for China’s ‘Belt and Road’ at Regional Forum

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CICA’s Fifth Summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Prime Minister Hun Sen urged a conference of Asian states to support China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and improve regional transportation and cooperation.

CICA, an Asia-wide forum comprised of 27 member states, was founded in 1999 with the aim of promoting security across the region.

At its fifth summit, held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Hun Sen said the region stood to benefit from Belt and Road by accelerating the development of linkages between member states.

“With this spirit, we should work closely with the Belt and Road initiative, which will actually provide opportunities for the member countries of CICA to speed up connections and strengthen logistics and transportation systems,” he said in a speech on Saturday.

Cambodia also hoped to find new commercial and investment opportunities with CICA member countries, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises, he added.

The Belt and Road initiative was introduced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, and has since involved more than 100 partner countries around the world, with China providing loans for infrastructure projects such as railways, ports and roads.

(Translated and edited from the original article on VOD Khmer)

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