Cambodia’s ‘pantomime’ election sharply criticized

China congratulates Hun Sen as US imposes visa restrictions and halts some aid programs.

China has congratulated Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen for his emphatic victory in a one-sided election that was labeled “neither free nor fair” by the United States as human rights groups urged the international community not to recognize the results.


Chinese President Xi Jinping said under Hun Sen Cambodia would “continue to achieve greater success in prosperity of the country, and well-being of the people, while contributing to regional peace, stability, development, and prosperity.”

“China and Cambodia are a community with a shared future,” he added, after Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) – which has ruled since a Vietnamese invasion ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979 – won 120 seats out of 125 contested in Sunday’s national poll.

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