Selected Impromptu Comments at the Inauguration of the Cambodian-Chinese Friendship Bridge at Takhmao, Kandal Province [Unofficial Translation]

People to Benefit from the Bridge at Takhmao

I have a great pleasure today to be able to join with all of you – Buddhist monks, Excellencies, Lok Chumteavs, Ladies, Gentlemen and our compatriots – to put into official operation the Cambodian-Chinese Friendship Bridge with an additional road segment that links the National Road 2 to the National Road 1, via this bridge across the river of Bassac. I am recalling that on 6 July 2011, I came for the groundbreaking ceremony to build this bridge. I also recalled that the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China was here for the event while HE Pan Guangxue was not available. I also recalled that when HE Tram Iv Toek, Minister of Transports and Public Works read his speech to a point stating that the construction of the bridge would take up to 42 months, there was muttering sounds as an indication of dissatisfaction that it was too long.