Jiang Zemin Departs Cambodia

Published November 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Chinese President Jiang Zemin left Cambodia Tuesday ending an historic two-day visit, officials said. 

Jiang flew out of the northern town of Siem Reap after touring the historic temples of Angkor accompanied by Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk. 

While touring the 9th-12th century Hindu and Bhuddist insired temples the Chinese premier praised ancient Khmer culture. 

"Your people were so intelligent and clever," Jiang told King Sihanouk at the Bayon, a temple decorated with large stone heads. 

He said the Chinese-funded restoration at Chao Say temple was a symbol of the friendship between Cambodian and Chinese people. 

Jiang spent Monday in the capital meeting with Cambodian leaders and inking seven bilateral agreements. 

There was some speculation Tuesday that Jiang would stop in China's richest special economic zone Shenzhen to attend a celebration of its 20th anniversary on his way to Brunei to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum -- PHNOM PENH (AFP) 



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