Earlier this month, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen asked an international conference on the future of Asia who he can rely on if he doesn’t turn to China.
It’s a question that he needs to be able to answer for the sake of Cambodia’s future. Trying to hide behind China is a recipe for isolation, which a small, poor country like Cambodia can ill afford.
History shows us that China’s support will not always be available to Cambodia. Why should it be? Beijing has its own changing interests and agendas. China supported the Pol Pot regime which Hun Sen helped to take power and implement genocide as a military commander in the 1970s.