Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Chinese Embassy creates Facebook page in Cambodia

Chinese Embassy creates Facebook page in Cambodia

A screenshot of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia's Facebook page.
A screenshot of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia's 2018 Facebook page.

Chinese Embassy creates Facebook page in Cambodia

The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia's official Facebook page finally made its first post on Sunday with an announcement about a Chinese-funded health project.

Sporting a fuzzy photo of the two nations’ flags as its profile picture, the first activity on the page was on March 28, when a cover photo was uploaded. Sunday marked the first time the page shared a status update, a post in Khmer announcing the operation of 20 mobile clinics in the Cambodian countryside funded by Chinese aid.

While the Facebook post was written in Khmer, the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia’s official website is offered only in Mandarin and English. Chinese embassies in other countries in the region, including in Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia, have Facebook pages with posts shared in English or in the local language.

Facebook is the dominant social media platform in Cambodia, with 4.8 million users reported last year. Tensions between China and Cambodia have risen in recent months, particularly in the coastal town of Sihanoukville, where many local business owners have complained of being pushed off their land and losing profits due to an influx of Chinese tourists and businesses in the city.

The Chinese Embassy's page, with 188 followers, lags behind the popularity of other foreign embassies' Facebook pages in Cambodia. The US Embassy page has 1.3 million followers, the EU's page has more than 500,000 followers and the Japanese Embassy page has about 80,000 followers.

Facebook has been banned in mainland China since 2009, and the country has fostered local social media platforms to facilitate the government’s strict censorship laws.

Five Chinese Embassy staffers in Cambodia contacted by The Post on Monday declined to comment on the page.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce

  • ‘No chance Cambodia booted out of ASEAN’

    A group of former and current Cambodian diplomats on Tuesday fired back at retired Singaporean diplomat Bihalari Kausikan after he proposed that ASEAN dismiss Cambodia and Laos from the bloc. In an open letter, the Cambodian diplomats said Kausikan’s remarks were made from a

  • Woman seeks answers after arrest of American partner

    Filipina Lalaine de Guzman, 48, is demanding answers for the detention of her American partner by Cambodian immigration officers after he was arrested at their home almost 90 days ago. She said without an arrest warrant or proffering any criminal charges, Stephen Sidney Greatsinger, 56, is being detained

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital