US concerned by China presence in Cambodia, urges ‘balanced’ policy

The most senior U.S. official to visit Cambodia in years expressed concern on Tuesday about China’s military presence there and sought clarification on the demolition of U.S.-funded buildings, the State Department said.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman urged Cambodia’s leadership to “maintain an independent and balanced foreign policy, in the best interests of the Cambodian people”.

She met Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for over 35 years and has become increasingly close to China while Washington has condemned human rights abuses and his demolition of the political opposition.

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