Cambodian leader on Chinese virus: Nothing to fear but ‘panic itself’

Authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen is dismissing the danger of COVID-19 to Cambodia, even while much of the rest of the world works overtime to limit their ties to China and their exposure to the deadly virus.

The Cambodian leader, who has cultivated closer economic and security ties with China during more than three decades in power, refused to organize an evacuation of Cambodian nationals trapped in China, where more than 1,000 people have perished from the disease.

He paid a high-profile visit to Chinese President Xi Jinping last week while officials in Beijing and Wuhan were reporting alarming increases in deaths and infections. He is the first foreign leader to visit Beijing since coronavirus infections expanded beyond the first affected city of Wuhan.

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