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|Title:||Sino-Cambodian Relations - Does Sovereignty or Obedience Prevail While Cambodia Relies on China’s Largess?|
|Issue Date:||2019-09-05 17:31:38 (UTC+8)|
Sino-Cambodian relations have attracted much attention in the political arena. The Kingdom of Cambodia is no doubt China’s very close ally in the Asia Pacific region. While the research question proposed in this paper seems to have a self-evident answer because most people tend to label Cambodia as a Chinese client state, I aim to look deeper into this question and I discover the fact that as compliant as Cambodia seems, it does not listen to China in every way. The spirit of the ancient and magnificent Khmer Empire never dies that the kingdom is still standing tall and proud. I present here five case studies, including two cases of compliance (Cambodia's deportation of Uighurs, Huawei’s 5G network) and three cases of non-compliance (Prime Minister’s Office controversy, illegal wildlife trade, Chinese VoIP scammers) in the hope of dispelling the myth and making it clear that Cambodia is its own boss and it does not always do as China says.
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