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Opinion

Chinese investment strains Cambodian society

Drastic transformation of Sihanoukville should warn other Asian countries

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

The past decade has witnessed an unprecedented and massive influx of Chinese investments and tourism into Cambodia. The capital inflow and rising visitor numbers have been both beneficial and disruptive for Cambodia's economic development and social cohesion.

Chinese investments have impacted Cambodia's domestic politics and foreign policy in ways that have facilitated the country's drift toward autocratic rule. They also appear to be leading to far-reaching environmental and sociocultural changes.

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