Foreign Influence: How Cambodia’s government is recruiting students in Australia

Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) is extending its influence into Australia by recruiting students who come here to study, often on scholarships provided by the Australian government.

An investigation by PM revealed a coordinated drive by top-ranking officials to win support from educated young students, as the party which has ruled Cambodia for more than three decades tries to shore up its future.

The campaign is run through a Cambodian youth committee, led by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son and likely heir Hun Manet, which has links to several student groups in Australia.

One student said that he and his family were threatened after speaking out against the CPP in Australia.

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