Cambodia’s dynastic succession coming into view

PM Hun Sen's handover to son Hun Manet is a near shoo-in as US and China jockey to win the heir apparent's favor .

In February, Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen commended himself for being the first world leader to visit Beijing since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan the previous month.

But showing fealty to his country’s most important ally and benefactor wasn’t the only reason for his visit.

Accompanying Hun Sen was his eldest son and heir apparent Hun Manet, who was pictured shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a photo-opportunity thought to be their first official meeting.

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