Cambodia Downplays Criticism of Investment Amid Increased Crime by Chinese Nationals

Cambodia’s government has sought to downplay public criticism of Chinese investment in the wake of a recently released police report which found that Chinese citizens were the top perpetrators of crime committed by foreign nationals in the country in the first quarter of 2019.

Cambodia’s National Police published a report Tuesday which found that of 341 foreign nationals detained for criminal offenses occurring between Dec. 20, 2018 and March 19, 2019, 241 were Chinese nationals, followed by 49 Vietnamese, 26 Thais, four South Koreans, and three Americans.

Chinese nationals also made up the largest number of victims of crime in Cambodia over the same period with 98 victims, followed by 12 French nationals, 11 British, nine German, and seven Americans.

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