China's "no strings" approach to aid earned praise from Prime Minister
Hun Sen, at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Chinese-funded bridge in Stung Treng
province on the Laotian border.
"The building of the bridge will promote social and economic development for
the mutual benefit of the triangle area of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos," Hun
Sen said. The bridge, funded by Beijing, is being constructed by the Shanghai Construction
In April China pledged $600 million in new aid and loans to Cambodia, a figure $1
million less than the combined total of aid from all 17 Consultative Group (CG) members.
The Chinese donations are already taking effect, Hun Sen said.
The CG attaches strong conditions to the release of funds, requiring Cambodia to
improve its human rights record and take steps to combat corruption. China does not
link its aid to any improvements in governance.