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China gives $600 million aid to ally Cambodia

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    Associated Press

Phnom Penh   /   Fri, July 15, 2016   /  12:06 pm
China gives $600 million aid to ally Cambodia Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) reaches for his helmet after paying a traffic fine at a police station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 24. (AP/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia's prime minister has announced that China will give his government nearly US$600 million in aid to support the country's election infrastructure, education and health.

In a statement Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the aid was finalized after he met with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at an Asia-Europe meeting in Mongolia.

China is a key ally and economic partner of impoverished Cambodia. It has provided millions of dollars in aid and investment over the past decade, granted it tariff-free status on hundreds of trade items and written off its debt.

In return, Cambodia supports China in international forums, including in Beijing's ongoing dispute with other Southeast Asian countries in the South China sea.

(Read also: South China Sea ruling risks ASEAN stability: Chinese expert)

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