Cambodia’s Hun Sen wants ‘back in Beijing’s orbit’ during China visit amid balancing act with US

During this week's trip to China, Hun Sen is expected to seek financial support for high-speed rail projects and ease Beijing's concerns about US-Cambodia ties.

Apart from seeking China’s financial support for its development projects including Cambodia’s first high-speed rail project, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to China this week is also aimed at securing greater support from Beijing in case of western sanctions, analysts said.

The three-day trip – expected to begin on Thursday – is also aimed at easing China’s concerns about Cambodia’s growing ties with the United States and Japan, experts said.

Cambodia is seeking to upgrade two of its rail lines to high-speed services that will connect capital Phnom Penh with the southwestern city of Sihanoukville and the border with Thailand.

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