Chinese Casinos Stir Resentment on Cambodia’s Coast of Dystopia

How the Belt and Road Initiative has helped turn a quiet resort town into a gambling hotspot.

It’s against the law for Cambodians to gamble. Yet in Sihanoukville, a once-sleepy resort town where three dozen casinos have sprung up, most in the past two years, Cambodians are betting that an infusion of Chinese-built infrastructure will pay off with jobs and prosperity. So far, they’ve also won increased crime, higher housing costs and more than a little ethnic tension.

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