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Trump urges Cambodia to return to democratic path

US does not seek regime change, president's letter states

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends an ASEAN leaders summit in Bangkok earlier this month.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has written to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urging him to put the Southeast Asian nation back on a democratic path and seeking to improve ties with one of China's closest regional allies.

Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for more than 34 years, has been under increasing western pressure to improve his human rights record, with the European Union threatening the withdrawal of important trade benefits.

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