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Rebooting Cambodia's casino city

Chinese money transformed Sihanoukville from a quiet Cambodian town to a bustling casino city. Now, Sihanoukville has bigger plans.

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - In a backstreet of Sihanoukville lies the skeleton of a one-storey building that was meant to be eight storeys tall. Rusty steel bars poke out from concrete columns. Creepers have swallowed the surrounding fence.

It is a remnant of headier days before the Covid-19 pandemic, when a flood of Chinese casino and hotel investments brought a construction boom to the Cambodian coastal city.

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