US aid for Cambodia to come with conditions: What does it mean for the bilateral relationship?

The United States 2021 budget outlines around US$85 million in new funding for Cambodia.

However, to access these funds, Cambodia will have to demonstrate that it is making efforts to “assert its sovereignty against interference by the People’s Republic of China” and stop rights abuses.

Since the 1990s, Cambodia has relied on foreign assistance to meet its budget needs. According to the US Department of State, nearly 30-40% of the government’s budget is donor aid.

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