Ukraine war nudging Cambodia toward the West

PM Hun Sen has condemned Russia’s invasion and sought rapprochement with the West well before China threatened to ship arms to Moscow.

Insinuations from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and top Western officials last week that China might provide weapons to Russia could put Cambodia’s Beijing-friendly Prime Minister Hun Sen in a tight geopolitical spot.

Unlike several neighbors and its close partner Beijing, Hun Sen’s government has seemingly aligned with Western capitals in vehemently denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago – or, at least, many Western officials believe that Cambodia is aligned with them on that front.

Hun Sen, a self-declared “ironclad” friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping and who visited Beijing earlier this month, was quick to call Russia’s actions last February an “act of aggression” and an “invasion.”

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