CHINA - Premier Li Keqiang pledged to support Cambodia on Thursday as the Southeast Asian country aims for a greater role in regional and international affairs.
Li made the remarks in a meeting on Thursday with Hor Namhong, Cambodia's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, who is in China to attend the first meetings of an inter-governmental coordination committee recently created by the two countries.
Li said the first committee meeting added new impetus to deepening bilateral cooperation. He said China supports Cambodia in developing its economy and in its growing role in regional and international affairs. The two countries are currently pushing to expand their strategic partnership.
Li reiterated China's determination to steadily advance and push for further economic reforms in 2014.
He said that the new changes in the global economy have exerted complex and multiple effects on emerging economies and that China will continue to seek a "golden mean" between GDP growth and reform.
Hor Namhong said China's economic growth is beneficial for regional prosperity and that the country will carry out the agreements hammered out on Thursday.
According to a news release, the two countries have signed memorandums of understanding and deals on aviation transportation. China and Cambodia have also made a number of deals in trade, agriculture, national defence, law enforcement safety and people-to-people exchanges.
The intergovernmental coordination committee, which was set up in April last year, is headed by Yang Jiechi, China's state councilor in charge of foreign relations, and Hor Namhong.