Cambodia urged to rebuild US ties

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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.

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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.

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Full story in Wednesday’s paper

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2 Comments

  1. Nice try to get Cambodia back into u.s. orbit. Cambodia has been lectured, intimidated, even threatened by numerous u.s. presidents, foreign ministers, politicians and ambassadors. The plan to create a u.s. naval base and to trigger a regime change has luckily all failed thanks to China. Cambodia does not need u.s. tourists, peace corps volunteers, u.s aid and subversive civil orgs / NGO that all Paul the same string. Cambodia is beautiful.without them. Let’s keep it that way in the interest of the Khmer people.

  2. So you are telling me let China take over Cambodia, like right now move the Chinese people into Cambodia. Soon enough China will take fully control over Cambodia..
    So you are telling the Khmer people should thanks China????….