Coronavirus: Cambodia refuses to evacuate citizens from China as ‘we need to share their happiness and pain’

'Don’t run away from the Chinese people during this difficult moment'

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has said the government will not evacuate nationals in China amid the coronavirus outbreak, so as not to “strain relations”.

The decision to leave Cambodian citizens in China was described by the prime minister as “soft diplomacy” during a press conference on Thursday.

Hun Sen also used the press conference to chastise reporters who wore masks to the event, threatening to remove them, and also criticised Cambodians for wanting to leave China.

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