Cambodian PM: ‘If China doesn’t build this road or this bridge, who builds it instead?’

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has hit back at his critics who say he is overly reliant on China for economic assistance, perhaps even to the extent of hurting his own country’s sovereignty and national interests.

According to The Phnom Penh Post, Hun Sen denied that Cambodia is a satellite state of China, saying on Wednesday (Oct. 7) that he believes the perception comes from China’s assistance in building infrastructure in the country.

He said: “[When] some people see China build roads, provide grants and loans to Cambodia to build roads, they say that Cambodia is a satellite country of China, and that Cambodia chooses China over this superpower or that superpower.”

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