China tips the scales away from the US in push for Cambodian influence

Beijing’s investment in Cambodia has been key to the country’s development, but some argue its domination is creating a quasi-colony and if ruler Hun Sen swings more towards Washington, it would benefit the people.

Nowhere else in Southeast Asia is China and the West’s battle for political and economic influence more evident than in Cambodia, where strongman leader Hun Sen is poised to clinch an almost uncontested election victory.

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