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The Future of Asia 2019

Cambodia's Hun Sen quashes fears of Chinese 'debt trap'

PM calls on fellow leaders to adopt 'common stance' against protectionism

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen expresses concern about the U.S.-China trade conflict at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on May 30. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday dismissed fears that his country is at risk of falling into a Chinese "debt trap" and said massive financial support from Beijing is not compromising Phnom Penh's independence.

"For Cambodia, we can maintain our sovereignty [while borrowing] the loans in accordance with the projects that we need," Hun Sen said after delivering a speech at Nikkei's Future of Asia conference in Tokyo.

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