Hun Sen and other senior CPP officials have made threats prior to the July 2018 election that the opposition would be “destroyed” or “killed” if sanctions were implemented.
The EU has given Cambodia 12 months to implement reforms or face losing its access to a preferential trade scheme thought to be vital to the economy.
A new U.S. Congress started its work in Washington Thursday with a historic class of new legislators--many without prior political experience.
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has called the move to withdraw Cambodia from the Everything But Arms scheme was “has a political motive to drag Cambodia into geopolitical war.”
Sam Rainsy said the large influx of Chinese immigrants to Cambodia, coinciding with a construction boom and waning relations with the West, could lead to a backlash from locals.
Beijing and Washington bicker over history in Cambodia, blaming each other for the rise of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
Cambodia also urged the international community not to interfere in its internal affairs and respect its sovereignty.
Sam Rainsy left Cambodia in 2016 facing a number of lawsuits filed by senior officials.
Long Beach is the second-busiest port in the United States after Los Angeles and is home to more than 20,000 Cambodian-Americans.
As trade war goes on, China joins WTO talks on e-commerce but conflicts expected
Democrats fear independent candidacy could help reelect President Trump