China’s Hubei province, the East Asian country’s geographical, economic and transport centre, wants to pursue sister-province ties with three Cambodian provinces that have tourism and trade potential, in a bid to ramp up cooperation on development in both countries across all fields.
These provinces are Siem Reap, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk, a July 2 letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – and signed by minister Prak Sokhonn – said, citing letter No 144/21 dated June 1 from the Consulate General of Cambodia in Chongqing.
Addressing Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, the foreign ministry’s letter said the Hubei provincial Foreign Affairs Office underlined that sister-province relationships would establish closer friendships and benefit the residents of the localities involved.
Large companies in Hubei have invested in the Kingdom’s infrastructure and energy resources, it said, adding that the province is at the heart of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Royal Academy of Cambodia economics researcher Ky Sereyvath noted that Siem Reap, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk have ample potential for tourism, while Hubei offers great opportunities for modern agriculture.
Read the full article at The Star: https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2021/07/06/hubei-eyes-cambodia-for-sister-province-relations?utm_source=pocket_mylist