Pentagon chief seeks to woo Cambodia from China with Phnom Penh visit

Meeting with Prime Minister Hun Manet comes as Washington hopes US-educated leader will distance country from Beijing.

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Cambodia next month as Washington engages the country’s new American-educated prime minister in an effort to coax the country away from China.

Austin will travel to Phnom Penh on June 4 after attending the Shangri-La Dialogue defence forum in Singapore where he will discuss challenges in the Indo-Pacific with US allies and partners and hold his first meeting with Dong Jun, the Chinese defence minister.

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