Cambodia’s bid to be ‘New Macau’ stirs old wounds

A businessman leaves a smoky room US$1,500 poorer from a game of baccarat at a casino in Sihanoukville – an increasingly common scene in the Cambodian beach town as it becomes a honey pot for Chinese gamblers and investors at a pace that is worrying marginalised locals.

“It’s not so bad if I lost tonight,” said Dong Qiang, adding: “I will try my luck tomorrow.”

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