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Roundup: China’s sticking to opening-up amid pandemic boon to global recovery: Cambodian officials, experts

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — China’s sticking to reform and opening-up amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic is a boon to regional and global economic recovery, Cambodian officials and experts have said.

Cambodian government chief spokesman Phay Siphan said China has been taking firm and steady steps to promote reform and opening-up despite global uncertainty caused by the pandemic, protectionism and unilateralism, adding that China’s keeping to reform and opening-up is not only a boon to China itself, but also to the region, particularly to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the world.

“China and ASEAN are biggest trading partner to each other,” he told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “China’s further opening up will provide bigger market for the world, especially neighboring countries in this region.”

China has been a role model in promoting free trade and multilateralism, Siphan said, adding that the recently signed China-Cambodia Free Trade Agreement and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal are vivid examples.

He is optimistic that Chinese consumers’ demand will greatly boost the agricultural development and the tourism recovery in Cambodia.

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