tirsdag 28. mai 2024

Amid US flirtation, Cambodia stresses ‘steel’ ties to China

Just days before a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Cambodian Senate President Hun Sen said Tuesday his son’s new government will maintain Phnom Penh’s “steel” ties to Beijing. After attending the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this week, where he will hold talks with Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun, Austin will on Saturday travel to Phnom Penh, where he is set to meet with Prime Minister Hun Manet, who succeeded his father in office in August.

The 46-year-old Hun Manet graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and received a master’s in economics from New York University in 2002, leading some pundits to predict he might be more open than his father to cordial ties with the United States.