What’s next for Cambodia after EBA withdrawal?

The EU's partial withdrawal of trade privileges may reflect a double standard, but Phnom Penh needs to get serious with reforms.

Since the European Union announced in November 2018 that it would consider the suspension of its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme enjoyed by Cambodia since 2001, there has been heated debate about the EU’s treatment of Cambodia. But the threat becomes reality this Wednesday.

The EU believed that democracy and the human-rights situation in Cambodia had deteriorated, prompting the bloc’s decision to consider the withdrawal of the EBA scheme to reverse Cambodia’s perceived democratic drift.

But for Cambodia, or at least for the government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodia People’s Party, the EU’s decision reflects a double standard.

In full: https://asiatimes.com/2020/08/whats-next-for-cambodia-after-eba-withdrawal/

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