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Cambodia needs to restore balance in ties with US, China

It cannot afford to alienate America as it needs international trade and investments; Washington should also engage Phnom Penh with much greater sensitivity.

Cambodia is tilting the scales in a risky shift towards Beijing as it prefers joint military exercises with China and scraps war games with the US. This shift towards China is taking its toll.

THE influence of the United States in South-east Asia is decreasing, with Cambodia turning away from Washington because of its stinginess and interventionist policies to embrace the more generous and accommodative Beijing. The US is losing strategic space in the region because the Philippines is...

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