BRUSSELS — A summit meeting Thursday between the leaders of the European Union and the Chinese prime minister opened on a friendly note, with leaders emphasizing the rapidly increasing trade between the two sides.
But when the Chinese leader delved into more contentious topics, EU officials cut off the audio feed to reporters at the request of the Chinese delegation.
The high-level meeting in Brussels is also being used as a fond farewell to that leader, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. China will choose new leadership this fall.
Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, said in his opening statement that it was appropriate to use the occasion look at progress made since Mr. Wen took office 10 years ago and almost 10 years since the launch of a strategic partnership between the two sides.
He pointed to great increases in trade over the past decade — 280 percent in goods, 380 percent in services.
7 million tourist shoped for by 2020
PHNOM PENH — Prime Minister Hun Sen says Cambodia can earn $5 billion a year from tourists by more than doubling foreign visitors to 7 million by 2020.
Mr. Hun Sen told a tourism seminar Thursday that Cambodia would need to improve the quality of services and infrastructure for tourists and strengthen laws safeguarding them to achieve the goal.
He also said police must crack down on the use of guns in public places, especially those frequented by foreigners.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon said Cambodia earned nearly $2 billion from 2.88 million foreign tourists last year, and expects 3.2 million foreign visitors this year.
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YANGON — Myanmar’s state broadcaster has aired footage of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi overseas for the first time.View Entire Story
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