Cambodians Stranded in China Told to Stay, Help China Fight Virus

Cambodian diplomats, consular officers and students stranded in China by the coronavirus outbreak may be scared. They may be bored. They may want to go home. Hun Sen, the prime minister of Cambodia since 1998, will have none of it.

Cambodians “who are currently working or studying in China, including those in Wuhan, have to remain there and join the Chinese people to fight this disease. Don’t run away from the Chinese people during this difficult time,” he said. “A friend in need is a friend in deed, as the old Cambodian saying goes.” The Roman poet, Quintus Ennius (239-169 B.C.), is also creditedwith the phrase.

During a press conference Thursday, Hun Sen said, “I think China doesn’t need our money to help them in China. We only have to cooperate with the Chinese embassy in Cambodia and treat Chinese investors, Chinese special economic zones, Chinese citizens, Chinese tourists who are working in or visiting Cambodia well. I think this is already our contribution: Don’t discriminate against Chinese people.”

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