Prime minister grooms West Point-educated son to take over in Cambodia

Father helps engineer Hun Manet's unanimous election as Phnom Penh tilts toward China.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, the onetime guerrilla fighter who has dominated the political scene in Cambodia since taking office in the mid-1980s, has made little secret of his foreign policy leanings, clashing with the U.S. over the criticisms of its human rights while deepening economic and strategic ties with China.

Now, as the 69-year-old Hun Sen looks to preserve and extend his policy legacy, he is grooming an unusual candidate to succeed him: a West Point graduate with multiple degrees from top American and British universities, one of whose children is an American citizen, having been born while the family was living and studying in the U.S.

Working in the candidate’s favor, however, is that he is Hun Sen’s son.

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