Southeast Asian States Worry About Their Citizens, Sources in Virus-Affected Countries

Prime Minister Hun Sen called on China Wednesday to airlift raw materials to Cambodia to keep the garment sector in the country working through the coronavirus epidemic that has stifled industry and travel around the region.

Hun Sen’s appeal, made at a speech in the presence of China’s ambassador, came as Southeast Asian countries continued to struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 sickness on their economic ties with China and the thousands of citizens living there or in coronavirus-hit South Korea.

Cambodia, whose textile sector gets some 60 percent of its inputs from China, could leasing aircraft from Phnom Penh’s airport to help transport raw materials if China agreed, Hun Said said at a speech to open a highway.

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