Cambodia to push forward with plans to build US$1.7 billion canal, says PM Hun Manet

Cambodia will push forward with controversial plans to build a US$1.7 billion canal, linking its capital Phnom Penh to the sea, Prime Minister Hun Manet said on Thursday.


The Funan Techo canal is the latest Chinese-backed infrastructure project in Cambodia, which received billions in investments as one of Beijing’s closest regional allies under former leader Hun Sen.

The planned canal has raised concerns from academics in neighbouring Vietnam that it could facilitate travel by Chinese warships near the Vietnamese coastline.

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