Cambodian media highlights Xi’s visit, new cooperation map


Phnom Penh—The Cambodian media on Friday highlighted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark visit to Cambodia, during which a number of new cooperation agreements were signed.
The state-run Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP) reported that 31 cooperation documents were signed in Phnom Penh on Thursday evening under the auspices of President Xi and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
The agency mentioned that the deals covered the fields of economic and technical cooperation, maritime cooperation, media, inspection, health, irrigation development, physical infrastructure construction, water resources, industry, security, human trafficking, airport development, electricity and rice export.
Three leading English newspapers in the Southeast Asian country published in their front pages photos of President Xi and Prime Minister Hun Sen shaking hands at the Peace Palace with their leads focusing on the agreements signed by the two countries.
The Phnom Penh Post and the Cambodia Daily gave a similar reporting, writing that on his first visit to Cambodia as head of state on Thursday, Xi pledged soft loans, forgave Canmbodia’s debt and offered military support, while the Khmer Times reported the details of major agreements that were inked.
Besides, leading Khmer-language newspapers and TV channels widely reported about the Xi-Hun Sen talks and their witnessing of the signing ceremony. Their reporting mainly focused on the debt forgiveness and military aid.
Xi arrived in Cambodia on Thursday for a two-day state visit to the kingdom. After Cambodia, Xi will travel to Bangladesh and the western Indian state of Goa, where he will attend a summit of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.—Xinhua