China doesn't 'push us', says Cambodia

Supporters of the Cambodian People's Party during the final campaign rally in Phnom Penh.
Supporters of the Cambodian People's Party during the final campaign rally in Phnom Penh.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE.

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Recent discussions on Asean's future tend to linger on how China leans on certain member countries to make decisions by the consensus-based bloc favourable to Beijing. Cambodia, in particular, is often accused of being in China's pocket, given how loans from China account for more than 40 per cent its public debt.

But Cambodia is careful with how it uses loans and grants and will not be manipulated, says the Cambodian policymaker who overseas these international deals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline 'China doesn't 'push us', says Cambodia'. Print Edition | Subscribe