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Cambodia sticks by China as it shuts out West over coronavirus

Hun Sen lets Chinese soldiers in for drills but bans travelers from US and Europe

A Cambodian official hands out face masks to visitors crossing from Thailand in late January. Now the government is banning foreigners traveling from the U.S., four European nations and Iran.

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia will on Tuesday close its borders to foreign nationals traveling from five Western nations and Iran, after recording its 12th case of COVID-19, but at the same time it has proceeded with military drills involving hundreds of Chinese soldiers.

Prime Minister Hun Sen had previously downplayed the danger of the new coronavirus -- at one point berating journalists for wearing masks at a news conference. But he has reversed course by temporarily closing public and private schools and banning travel from the six countries, including the U.S., for 30 days.

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