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Sanctions will not resolve the Hun Sen problem

China gives Cambodia's strongman the option to ignore Western pressure

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
The West should engage Cambodia with more realistic expectations and look to a future beyond Prime Minister Hun Sen.   © Reuters

What should the world do about Hun Sen? For the past year Cambodia's bellicose leader has presided over a fierce political crackdown. His government has sharply curtailed democratic freedoms, dissolved the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, and arrested its leader on politically inflated charges of treason.

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