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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni during their meeting in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Norodom Sihamoni attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Aug. 8. (Xinhua/Gao Jie)

BEIJING—Chinese President Hu Jintao met here on Monday with King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni, who attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Aug. 8.
Hu first thanked the Cambodian King for his country’s support to the Beijing Olympic Games. “The friendly relationship between China and Cambodia is exemplary for countries of different social systems which want to treat each other equally and carry out sincere cooperation,” Hu told the Cambodian guest during the meeting.
The two countries are not only good neighbors that coexist in peace and harmony, but also good friends with mutual trust, good brothers sharing happiness and woe, and good partners working together for a win-win end, said the Chinese president. The Chinese government and people are ready to work with their Cambodian counterparts to enhance friendly exchanges, expand mutually-beneficial cooperation, and promote common development, said Hu, adding that China highly appreciates the Cambodian Royal Family’s “outstanding contribution” to the development of Sino-Cambodian relations.
King Sihamoni responded that the Cambodia-China friendship was forged and developed through the efforts of several generations of leaders of both countries.
He said the Cambodian Royal Family, government and people appreciate the long-time support and assistance from China and are dedicated to the development of good-neighborly friendship and cooperation with China. Meanwhile, Chinese President Hu Jintao met here on Monday with President of Slovakia Ivan Gashparovic on the sidelines of the Beijing Olympics to exchange views on bilateral relations.
Hu said bilateral ties have been going along quite well in recent years and the two countries have enhanced high-level exchanges, built mutual political trust, maintained practical and fruitful cooperation in diverse fields, and cemented coordination in international affairs. Slovakia is considered a trustworthy friend and partner of China, Hu said. “Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Slovakia diplomatic relations. We’re willing to work with Slovakia to promote bilateral friendly cooperation to a new height.”
Gashparovic said his country thinks highly of China’s influence in international affairs, and hopes to deepen cooperation with China to further promote bilateral relations. The Slovak president was among more than 80 foreign leaders that attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Aug. 8.

—Xinhua

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