In Cambodia, an Unnamed Donor’s Gift of Chinese Trucks to Army, Police Raises Concerns

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son unveiled a shipment of 290 Chinese-made military trucks on Thursday, saying the vehicles were not aid from Beijing but gifts from unnamed donors – prompting fears they will be deployed against civilians amid a three-year crackdown on the opposition.

At a ceremony to distribute the vehicles to the armed forces and police, Hun Manet, Hun Sen’s eldest son and commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, parried criticisms of the acquisition, saying that the money for the trucks came from private donations and did not cost Cambodia a single riel.

He did not reveal the names of the donors, but – adding to confusion about the provenance of the trucks– the military posted a sign at the ceremony saying the vehicles were donated by Hun Sen and his wife.

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