Cambodia’s Reliance on Chinese Debt is Risky: US Official

Phnom Penh – A senior US Embassy official in Cambodia has warned Cambodia over its growing closeness with Beijing.

At a meeting in the capital, Michael Newbill, the embassy’s chargé d’affaires, said incurring substantial debts to China has had negative impacts on other countries, such as Sri Lanka and Djibouti.

“Cambodia’s leaders must recognize the risks of relying on only one partner, and whether its people will accept that major change in the country’s orientation,” Newbill said.

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