Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping could soon be shaking hands on a free-trade deal. Photo: Kyodo

How the West could drive Cambodia further into China’s clutches

  • Hun Sen’s regime to discuss free-trade deal with China amid EU and US threats to end trade privileges over Cambodia’s human rights record
  • But there has been growing resentment in Cambodia over Chinese investment
Topic |   Asean

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping could soon be shaking hands on a free-trade deal. Photo: Kyodo
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Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, seen at celebrations marking the 66th anniversary of the country's independence from France, has responded to a letter from US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters

Is Cambodian PM Hun Sen the latest authoritarian leader to be courted by Donald Trump?

  • In a letter, the US president assured Cambodia it does not seek regime change but wants to promote democracy
  • In recent years, Cambodia has leaned toward China, which has become its major political and economic backer
Topic |   Cambodia

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Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, seen at celebrations marking the 66th anniversary of the country's independence from France, has responded to a letter from US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
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