Phnom Penh (FN), April 19 - The US Embassy Phnom Penh said Friday that Cambodia has shifted from a more balanced and diverse economic approach to one more dependent on China, according to the Embassy's Facebook page earlier today.
"China is Cambodia’s largest trade partner, but this relationship is heavily skewed in China’s favor. About 87% of trade are Chinese imports, which do not support jobs or industry in the same way Cambodia’s trade relationship with the United States or EU does," the Embassy wrote, attached with trade statistics.
"This is just one more way Cambodia has shifted from a more balanced and diverse economic approach to one more dependent on China," it added.
The Chinese Embassy has not yet issued any statement regarding the above concern.
In early February, the US Embassy Phnom Penh commented on its page that, “The United States did not engage in a coup that evoked the then-Premier Lon Nol's to power. On the contrary, substantial evidences showed that the Chinese government actively supported the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979 and afterwards.”
Shortly, the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, was behind the Cambodian coup of 1970, generally seen as a turning point in the Cambodian Civil War.
“Indeed, the Cambodian coup in 1970 had nothing to do with the US, but with the CIA,” the Chinese Embassy wrote on Friday, attached with a daily news’s cover entitled “Nixon Sends GIs into Cambodia”.