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Chinese support fuels Southeast Asia's authoritarian tilt

Hands-off Beijing enables Cambodia's political repression, Myanmar's ethnic persecution

A man rides a motorcycle past the Cambodia National Rescue Party headquarters in Phnom Penh on Nov. 17, 2017.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH/YANGON -- The metal gate is closed at the shuttered headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party in downtown Phnom Penh. No sign remains of the crowds of supporters who thronged the building during regional elections in June. A sign calling for the release of imprisoned party leader Kem Sokha lies abandoned on the ground.

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