Hun Sen challenges critics to name country that can match China’s aid

Prime Minister Hun Sen on October 7 posed a question to countries that have been critical of Cambodia’s acceptance of Chinese aid, saying he would consider stepping down from office if any of his critics can name a country that can replace China’s assistance in building infrastructure.

Hun Sen’s statement was in response to criticism by other superpower nations that Cambodia is a puppet of China, and comes amid rising concerns that the government is planning to grant China exclusive access to Ream Naval Base in Preah Sihanouk province.

Speaking at the inauguration of an $85 million amusement park funded by a Chinese company in Kandal province, the prime minister said that some nations have been critical of what they see as Cambodia’s pivot toward China.

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