Chinese Pledge $1.5 Million For Military Demobilization

China will provide $1.5 million to help fund demobilization of Cambodia’s armed forces, according to a letter from Prime Minister Hun Sen to King Noro­dom Sihanouk.

The amount was included in a letter dated Friday that the prime minister sent to brief the monarch on his four-day meeting in Beijing. On Saturday, the King congratulated the results of the Hun Sen’s visit.

“I would like to…warmly praise the victorious visit you have made for cooperation and strengthening an eternally strong friendship for the interest of our two nations and peoples,” the King wrote in a letter dated Saturday.

Foreign Minister Hor Nam Hong did not mention the military aid when he spoke with reporters on his return Friday at Pochentong Airport. Hor Nam Hong said the Cambodian and Chinese governments signed an extradition treaty and pacts on cultural and tourism cooperation and that China agreed to provide loans and grants totaling more than $220 million, for infrastructure and agriculture.

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