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International relations

Cambodia acts tough toward US with China in its corner

Beijing has used international tensions to cultivate partners in Southeast Asia

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen share a light moment during their bilateral talks in Phnom Penh on Jan. 11.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The Cambodian government on Wednesday shooed away the U.S.'s decision to cut aid to the Southeast Asian country, which is strengthening ties with China.

"This is a sanction on the people who love real democracy," government spokesman Phay Siphan said in a statement. Siphan claimed that the government would continue to fight "foreign interference and colonization," The Phnom Penh Post reported. 

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