Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken a large group of officials from his Cambodian People's
Party (CPP) on a six-day trip to China, sparking warnings about the legality of loans
signed by a caretaker government.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao, attend the Boao
Economic Forum, and visit several provinces.
The visit will strengthen the long historic relationship between Cambodia and China,
Hun Sen told reporters at the airport before his departure on April 19.
Hor Nam Hong, Minister of Foreign Affairs and one of those on the trip, told reporters
that China had promised to sign 16 bilateral agreements with Cambodia during the
visit, including four contracts of Chinese-Cambodian private investment.
However, Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Keo Remy warned that any loan signed between a
foreign country and the caretaker government without the approval of National Assembly
"If a caretaker government borrows money from a foreign country without approval
of the National Assembly, I think that Cambodia's administration is being adopted
into a communist style," Remy said on April 22.
Khmer Intelligence, an anonymous but often-accurate website disseminating political
information, claimed that several visits by high-ranking officials of the Chinese
Communist Party had resulted in $50 million being given to Cambodia to support the
caretaker government's worsening financial crisis.
The website wrote on April 9 that the a large portion of the money is earmarked for
a group of business tycoons who are the financial pillars of the ruling CPP, who
will be asked to invest in a number of industries to consolidate the CPP grip on
Meanwhile, the almost-nine-month deadlock between political parties continues, with
the negotiators from the CPP and Funcinpec scheduled to next meet on April 28 in
All leaders of the three main political parties are out of the country.