As Washington contemplates possible trade reprisals against Cambodia over an escalating political clampdown, the likely next US ambassador to the country can be expected to push a hard democratic line.
W Patrick Murphy, who until this week served as acting principal deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, could be sworn in as ambassador to Cambodia by the Senate in coming weeks and installed in Phnom Penh as early as July, informed sources say.
The US Embassy in Cambodia has not had an ambassador in residence for several months, despite escalating tensions between Washington and Phnom Penh and between the United States and China, Cambodia’s top ally and creditor.
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