New airport shows Cambodia can get what it wants from China

Siem Reap hub proves there is more to the BRI than debt traps.

Cambodia’s newly inaugurated Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport offers an important window into how China’s Belt and Road Initiative is evolving and what it can still bring to developing countries.

Last month’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing sparked a torrent of commentary about the program’s successes, failings and future, the economic and political gains from the program over the past 10 years and what Western countries have missed out on.

China and its allies say, unsurprisingly, that the BRI has provided manifold benefits to developing countries. Program detractors argue that the BRI has aggravated the debt burden of participating nations, had a negative impact on their governance, environmental and social indicators, and even been counterproductive to global order.

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