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Cambodia urged to rebuild US ties

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
Prime Minister Hun Sen and Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping at Peace Palace previous time. KT/ Mai Vireak

Brad Glosserman, Pacific Forum CSIS senior adviser, last week said the Cambodian government has to put more effort in rebuilding its relationship with the United States.

“I believe in many ways that Cambodia has slipped into the Chinese orbit,” Mr Glosserman said.

Mr Glosserman made the comments during a discussion organised by Khmer Times.

Despite a shift in foreign relations toward China, he said that a relationship with the US could still be beneficial to Cambodia.

Mr Glosserman said American companies can come to Cambodia and invest and increase the country’s revenue by continuing to attract American tourists. And having American experts as consultants, the relationship between Cambodia and the US can be rebuilt, he said.

“But the trick is at the end of the day, the political constraints on the relationship, which we have to overcome,” Mr Glosserman added.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said yesterday that Cambodia is open to all superpower countries, be it the United States or China.

“We do not discriminate against superpower countries,” Mr Eysan said, noting that US President Donald Trump pledged to work with the government to enhance ties between both countries during a meet with Ambassador Chum Sounry.

Full story in Wednesday’s paper

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