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Cambodia gets China’s help in preserving temple

THE STAR – China has been playing a crucial role in safeguarding and developing the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)-listed Preah Vihear Temple in northern Cambodia, Cambodian officials said yesterday.

Preah Vihear is situated on the top of a 525-metre cliff in the Dangrek Mountains in Preah Vihear province, about 400km north of capital Phnom Penh and 200km northwest of the famed Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province.

The 11th century temple was inscribed on the prestigious World Heritage List of the Unesco in July 2008.

Director-General of the National Authority for Preah Vihear (NAPV)Kong Puthikar said China is the co-chair of the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and the Development of Preah Vihear (ICC-Preah Vihear) with India.

Established in 2014, the ICC-Preah Vihear is the international mechanism for coordinating all assistance extended by different countries and organisations for preserving and developing the Preah Vihear. “This is an important role in assisting the Cambodian government in safeguarding the Temple of Preah Vihear, a world heritage site,” Puthikar told Xinhua.

Tourists visit the Temple of Preah Vihear in Cambodia. PHOTO: XINHUA