China News Service, Cambodia, March 2 (Reporter Ouyang Kaiyu) Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian said at the opening ceremony of the Cambodia No. 3 Highway Reconstruction and Expansion Project on March 2 that China will continue to improve the national road network for Cambodia in the future. Provide any help you can.

  The project is backed by preferential loans from China and undertaken by China Road and Bridge Engineering Co., Ltd.

Wang Wentian pointed out that Cambodia No. 3 Highway is a major transportation artery connecting the capital Phnom Penh and Kampot Province. It not only has far-reaching strategic significance for the coordinated economic development of Cambodia's southwest coastal area and the capital Phnom Penh, but also is particularly important for the Cambodian government to implement the road backbone network upgrade plan.

In terms of bilateral relations between China and Cambodia, the completion and smooth opening of the No. 3 highway reconstruction and expansion project once again reflects the strong momentum and fruitful results of China-Cambodia pragmatic cooperation.

  Wang Wentian said that in the past few months, we have jointly witnessed the completion and opening of many traffic projects such as roads and bridges in Cambodia.

In the future, China will, as always, provide Cambodia with assistance within its capacity to improve the national road network.

Highways 31, 33 and 41, which the Cambodian side cares about, are also expected to officially start construction this year.

We are actively considering supporting the upgrading of the Kampot to Sihanoukville road.

  Wang Wentian said that although the new crown epidemic has had a huge impact on the flow of people and logistics between the two sides, we are pleased to see that some major projects of bilateral cooperation have withstood the pressure of the epidemic and were successfully completed on time and with high quality.

This not only reflects the great resilience of China-Cambodia mutually beneficial cooperation, but also reflects the strong vitality of the China-Cambodia community with a shared future.

We have every reason to believe that Cambodia will have a better tomorrow, and the building of a community with a shared future between China and Cambodia will bring more benefits to the two peoples.

  Wang Wentian said that this year is a year of special significance for Cambodia.

Cambodia will serve as the rotating chairman of ASEAN externally, and will hold township district elections internally.

As a die-hard friend, China firmly supports Cambodia in successfully fulfilling its rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, and supports Cambodia in playing a more important role in regional and international affairs. We expect and believe that Cambodia will definitely make greater contributions to the peace, stability, prosperity and development of the region.

The Chinese side supports Cambodia in exploring a development path that suits its own national conditions, and sincerely wishes the Cambodian township district elections to be held smoothly. It is believed that under the leadership of the Cambodian People's Party, Cambodia will maintain peace, stability and rapid development for a long time.

China supports Cambodia in not being afraid of power, opposing bullying, safeguarding national sovereignty and national dignity, and will always be Cambodia's most reliable strategic partner.