Hun Sen heir could get New York business reception after Cambodia succession

The incoming hereditary ruler of Cambodia, a country Washington is keen to pull out of Beijing’s orbit, could meet CEOs of US firms interested in investing there in New York next month, the head of the US business lobby for Southeast Asia told Reuters.

Cambodia’s long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he will hand power to his Western-educated son, Hun Manet, 45, this month, after the incumbent Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) swept a July general election in which it was virtually unopposed.

“We hope to host (Hun Manet). We hope to see if there’s a way to start a new chapter” between Washington and Phnom Penh, Ted Osius, president of the US-ASEAN Business Council said on Thursday.

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