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Chinese cash fuels a gambling boom in a Cambodian backwater

Frenzied development threatens Sihanoukville's future as a resort spot

The Jin Bei Casino hotel, which opened earlier this year, is one of Sihanoukville's newest properties targeting Chinese expats and tourists. (Photo by George Styllis)

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia Once a sleepy backwater, this southern coastal city is now ringing with the sound of construction.

Casinos have multiplied over the past year, towering awkwardly behind Sihanoukville's cheap hostels and burger vans, and more are going up as Chinese investors pump money into the city's property and gaming industries.

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