What Explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 Charm Offensive?

In recent weeks, the nation has donated masks and personal protective equipment to several other Southeast Asian nations.

On November 26, Cambodia’s government announced the donation of a cluster of 1.5 million masks and other necessary medical materials to the government of Timor-Leste, to aid it in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to a report in the state media agency Agence Kampuchea Presse, the donation included 1 million facemasks, 10,000 N95 respirators, 10 ventilators, and 1,000 units of hand liquid soap.

The shipment, which arrived in Timor-Leste on December 2, followed similar donations by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to Myanmar and Laos. The Cambodian shipments to the two countries consisted of 2 million face masks and other vital supplies of personal protective equipment.

In a November 24 letter to State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Hun Sen described the shipment as a sign of the “spirit of our long-standing friendship and solidarity.” “With our collective effort, I strongly believe that we will succeed in the fight against Covid-19, and we will emerge stronger together,” he said in the letter. Two days later, Myanmar’s leader expressed her “deep appreciation” for the Cambodian donation.

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2020/12/what-explains-cambodias-covid-19-charm-offensive/

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