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China gives $150M to Cambodia

China gives $150M to Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen will be bringing home nearly $150 million in grants and soft loans from his latest trip to China, where he is attending the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai.

According to state media, China pledged some $112 million in grants and $32 million more in concessional loans to go towards developing Cambodia’s spotty infrastructure ahead of the Southeast Asian Games, which the Kingdom will host in 2023.

But given the current South China Sea dispute between major trade partners China and Vietnam, accepting the Chinese funding could put Cambodia in the difficult position of “a man with two wives” tasked with keeping both happy, political analyst Kem Ley said.

“Because on the one hand, Cambodia needs to support Vietnam, because we have a long history, but on the other, Cambodia needs to support China [in its] One China [policy] and in the South China Sea,” he said.

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