Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen before their meeting in Phnom Penh in October, when the two countries signed a free-trade agreement. Photo: AP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen before their meeting in Phnom Penh in October, when the two countries signed a free-trade agreement. Photo: AP
Cambodia

Cambodia’s aim in trade deals: keep the US and Japan close, but China closer

  • Phnom Penh is negotiating a raft of free-trade agreements, but the pacts are not expected to lessen its reliance on Beijing
  • Analysts say the agreements are intended to help Cambodia diversify its trade game and will not pull the country out of Beijing’s orbit

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen before their meeting in Phnom Penh in October, when the two countries signed a free-trade agreement. Photo: AP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen before their meeting in Phnom Penh in October, when the two countries signed a free-trade agreement. Photo: AP
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