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Cambodia awaits payday as Hun Sen cozies up to China

Money trickling into country remains far off as virus pounds other economies

Chinese medical team arrives at Phnom Penh International Airport on March 23. (Nikkei)

BANGKOK -- "A friend in need is a friend indeed" is a slogan likely to be repeated by China and Cambodia long after the coronavirus pandemic has abated.

Those were the words of Chinese President Xi Jinping as he towered over his ally, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in February.

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