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How China influence Cambodia from the past to the present for the case of politics, diplomacy, military and economic relations perspective

Ly, Bora (2018): How China influence Cambodia from the past to the present for the case of politics, diplomacy, military and economic relations perspective. Published in: How China influence Cambodia from the past to the present for the case of politics, diplomacy, military and economic relations perspective No. 88060 (20 July 2018)

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Abstract

The geopolitical, political, economic and cultural aspects of Cambodia and relations between Cambodia and China have made bilateral relations between Cambodia and China the basis of Beijing's foreign policy. This article shows and demonstrates the past and present political and economic relations between the two countries that have entered into diplomatic relations after Cambodia recognized the legitimacy of the PRC in 1958. While developing good relations with China, King Norodom Sihanouk helped soften the depression of China in 1960s, he battled at UN for surrendering of Republic of China (Taiwan). Investment in Cambodia accounted for three times from 1997 to 1998 and expanded by 40% in 1999, making China the big investment by foreigners in Cambodia. China has turned into Cambodia's biggest benefactor for the 2009 spending plan with $ 257 million (US $ 214 million). On the economic front, the volume of exchange amongst Cambodia and China achieved 732 million dollars in 2006.

China's unique role in political, economic and military assistance can once again become a dictatorship. Thus, Cambodia does not depend solely on Beijing administration. Cambodia should thrive further the progress of democracy and accountability to attract foreign direct investment from other countries, notably United States, European Union and other Asian countries.

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