Opinion

In sickness and health, Cambodia kowtows to China

Prime Minister Hun Sen praised by Beijing for his comparatively lax handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Cambodian leader Hun Sen is apparently not worried about the possibility of the deadly and fast-spreading coronavirus killing anyone in his Southeast Asian nation. But he is clearly concerned about maintaining healthy diplomatic and economic relations with China.

On February 13, his government allowed over 2,200 people traveling on the Westerdam cruise ship to dock at its Sihanoukville port after the vast vessel was turned away by five other countries due to fears its passengers might be virally infected.

“Westerdam is now sailing for Sihanoukville, Cambodia, arriving at 7am local time on Feb. 13 & will remain in port for several days for disembarkation,” Holland America Line announced on February 12.

In full: https://www.asiatimes.com/2020/02/article/in-sickness-and-health-cambodia-kowtows-to-china/

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