Widespread anti-Chinese sentiment in Cambodia was denied by both its citizens and Chinese entrepreneurs living there whom were reached by the Global Times. This contradicts Western media narratives suggesting the influx of Chinese people and money has dissatisfied Cambodians. It also calls into question Western NGO’s claims that Chinese disregard the law, human rights, and the environment in Cambodia.
As part of the Belt and Road Initiative, China has increased its investment in Cambodia in recent years, as the Southeast Asian country is seen as a strategic fulcrum for the initiative. The growing interaction between two countries has drawn global attention, prompting some Western media to amplify the rift between the two peoples.
The increase of Chinese tourists has boosted Cambodia’s local economy and greatly promoted employment, a development recognized and applauded by Cambodians reached by the Global Times.