Another wild week in US-Cambodian relations

The soap opera that is contemporary US-Cambodian relations continues to deliver surprising plot twists. This follows the uproar created by a late-July article in The Wall Street Journal that reported a Chinese-Cambodian agreement for the establishment of a Chinese military base in the kingdom.

Prime Minister Hun Sen kicked off last week by declaring that Cambodia had purchased US$40 million worth of Chinese weapons and was quoted in The Phnom Penh Post urging the American government “to freeze assets belong(ing) to ‘corrupt’ officials even before the Cambodia Democracy Act 2019 passed into law.”

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