US turns new screws on Cambodia’s Hun Sen

Washington imposes new sanctions, threatens to lift GSP privileges and warns US companies against doing business in the kingdom.

As dawn broke over Cambodia on Thursday (November 11), Prime Minister Hun Sen’s tensions with the United States had taken a somewhat unexpected hard new turn.

Late on Wednesday in Washington, the US government imposed sanctions on two senior military officials: Cambodia’s navy commander, Tea Vinh, and Chau Phirun, director-general of the Defense Ministry’s Material and Technical Services Department.

Both are accused of planning to “profit from activities regarding the construction and updating of Ream Naval Base facilities,” the country’s largest naval base.

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