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Resist China and stop abuses: US aid to Cambodia has conditions

US budget bill includes $85 million for nation if it complies with terms

A budget bill passed by the U.S. Congress states that aid is only available if the U.S. secretary of state certifies that the government of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, ceases its crackdown against political opponents and "assert its sovereignty against interference by the People's Republic of China." (Source photos by Reuters and Getty images)  

PHNOM PENH -- The U.S. is giving Cambodia a stark choice: stop oppressing dissidents and resist China's influence, or risk losing millions of dollars in aid.

The U.S. Congress passed a $1.4 trillion budget bill on Monday that includes conditional support of at least $85 million to fund programs in the Southeast Asian country -- an aspect of the legislation panned by Trump, who still has to sign it into law.

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