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China and Cambodia on Thursday inked 6.4-billion-U.S. dollars deals ranging from infrastructure construction to energy exploration.

A total of 16 deals were signed after the hour-long talks between top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen late Thursday afternoon.

The package of deals covered such key areas of bilateral cooperation as infrastructure construction, water resources development, telecommunication technology and energy exploration among others.

In earlier talks, Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, reviewed the smooth growth of China-Cambodia ties since the two countries forged diplomatic ties in 1958.

“Particularly in recent years, bilateral relations have developed rapidly,” Wu said, highlighting strong trust, sincere cooperation and mutual support.

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Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Cambodians to pursue a variety of partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific region and not become over-reliant on China.

“You don’t want to get too dependent on any one country,” Clinton said in response to a question about China’s influence during a meeting in Phnom Penh today with Cambodian youth. “You want to look for partnerships that cut across regional geographic lines.”

Clinton’s Cambodia visit is part of the Obama administration’s drive in Asia to affirm U.S. leadership and provide a counterpoint to China’s rising clout. Both China and the U.S. are working to extend their influence in Cambodia, said Ernest Bower, director of the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a policy group in Washington.

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