While Chinese investment is part of stimulating growth and development in Cambodia, growing numbers of Chinese nationals have been investigated for allegedly committing a number of offenses in the country, including assault, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and organizing prostitution.
On May 7, the Ministry of the Interior reported that in the first three months of this year, at least 241 Chinese nationals have been detained in Cambodia.
Generally, I agree that foreign aid and investment are vital for the economic development of Cambodia, as a developing country. But there is nothing more valuable than state sovereignty and national security. Crime shakes investors’ confidence in the country. Who wants to invest in a chaotic society?