China-funded airport opens in Cambodia with more projects to come

Belt and Road highways, ports and railways also planned, raising local concerns.

The China-funded Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport officially began full operations Thursday, amid mixed feelings in Cambodia about the project and China’s growing influence.


The facility is more than triple the size of the former airport that served Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Cambodia’s top tourism draw. Passenger capacity has been increased about 40% to 7 million people.

“This is a result of the ironclad friendship between Cambodia and China,” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet said at the airport’s opening ceremony.

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