Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday (Sept.21) denounced certain developed countries for punishing developing countries for imperfect nation-building. In a speech marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Hun Sen claimed Cambodia could not reach the standards of rich countries and used his platform to criticize the rivalry of superpowers and the impact it had on developing countries’ self-determination.
Hun Sen went on to say that the mechanism of multilateralism has come under severe assault, especially due to nationalism and protectionism exhibited by global superpowers.
He then took another swipe at developed nations, who he claimed were targeting developing nations who failed to meet international standards. Many have understood this as Hun Sen lashing out at the European Union for the recent withdrawal of certain trade privileges due to human rights concerns.