China’s Wang Yi offers aid and vaccines to ally Cambodia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday pledged $270 million in aid and three million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Cambodia, one of Beijing’s closest allies in Southeast Asia, officials said.

State Councillor Wang flew in from Vietnam on a week-long tour that will also take in Singapore and South Korea, two weeks after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited the region.

Pa Chanroeun, an analyst at the Cambodian Institute for Democracy think tank, said China was keen to build on its relations with Cambodia, which will chair the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year.

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