After Cambodia Digs Out Survivors, Eyes Cast Toward China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt Road Initiative has brought lucrative Chinese investment into Cambodia, but at what cost for locals?

Excavators carefully scooped piles of bent steel and rubble, moving it aside under the floodlights surrounding a collapsed building in this coastal Cambodian town. For 60 hours, neighbors and public officials crowded around, watching as emergency responders and soldiers looked for survivors.

The night before, two trucks reportedly dropped workers off at this construction site in Sihanoukville, a rapidly swelling boomtown. But just before dawn on June 22, the seven-story building collapsed, killing 28 people and injuring at least 26.

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