In a Cambodian beach town, China-led building boom flouts rules

Lax regulation, bribery and corruption put lives at risk in China-fuelled development of once-sleepy Sihanoukville town.

In the Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville, cranes dot the skyline and construction work continues unabated more than a week after 28 workers were killed in a building collapse, blamed on lax regulation and corruption.

The workers were sleeping inside the building when it crumbled last month. Although the seven-storey structure was 80 percent complete, the owner had not been given the approval to start construction.

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