China’s malign designs on democracy


China’s recent history of engagement with Phnom Penh suggests that Beijing now hopes to use the same militarization template in Cambodia as it has elsewhere. Just as it did in Djibouti, China spent years carefully cultivating Hun Sen’s government. The combination of Chinese investment, loans, and political support, uncomplicated by any regard for human rights violations or cronyism, proved potent, and Hun Sen’s authoritarianism increased in step with his dependence on China.

Rainsy’s concerns are echoed by other observers monitoring China’s growing influence operations in political theaters as varied as the Philippines, Serbia, Latin America and Francophone West Africa. 





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