Tuesday, August 23, 2005

China offers Cambodia aid in improving infrastructure

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese government on Monday provided Cambodia with goods and materials worth of more than 81.8 million RMB yuan (about 10.1 million US dollars) to help the country improve its infrastructure.

Attending the hand-over ceremony were Minister of Public Works and Transportation Sun Chan Thol and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Hu Qianwen, and other government officials.

The donated goods and materials were 1,500 extension meters of ZB200 beret steel bridges, four bulldozers, four graders, six roadrollers, one vibratory road roller and their spare parts.

Sun Chan Thol thanked the Chinese government for its grand and persist assistance to Cambodia, saying the aid once again reflects the friendship and cooperative ties between Cambodia and China.

"The assistance will greatly help Cambodia's economic and social development, as well as the implementation of poverty reduction strategy of the royal government in order to bridge the development gap to our neighboring countries," he said.

Since 2002, the Chinese government has donated 3,500 extension meters of beret steel bridges to Cambodia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in March named a steel bridge assisted by China as "Cambodia and China Friendship Bridge". Enditem

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