Cambodians work on a high-rise building site in Sihanoukville. The city has been transformed by a construction boom driven by Chinese cash. Photo: AFP

Sihanoukville’s big gamble: the sleepy beach town in Cambodia that bet its future on Chinese money

  • Investment from China has brought huge change – and many casinos – to the former fishing village and backpacker favourite
  • But while the boom has created opportunities and drawn thousands of new arrivals, there are also serious problems
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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Cambodians work on a high-rise building site in Sihanoukville. The city has been transformed by a construction boom driven by Chinese cash. Photo: AFP
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Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.