Laos and Cambodia: the China dance

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Laos and Cambodia: the China dance

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:16 pm

Same same but different.

Laos and Cambodia: the China dance
2 October 2017
Laos and Cambodia are often seen as little more than political twins who have chosen to reap economic benefits from China in exchange for their loyalty to the Middle Kingdom – and choosing this alliance over maintaining consensus with their ASEAN family.

But while their dance steps appear similar, they are not quite moving to the same tune, says analyst Edgar Pang, a visiting fellow at the ISEAS - Yushof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

China’s footprint will continue to grow in Laos and Cambodia, in many ways replacing what used to be, till perhaps the late nineties, Japan’s key role as a source of assistance and investment.

“While Laos and Cambodia share similar imperatives in embracing China, there are deep dynamics and undercurrents in Lao and Khmer politics that have a strong bearing on how they navigate their asymmetry vis-à-vis China,” Pang wrote in a set of two briefing papers published in September. “Labelling Laos and Cambodia as Chinese ‘satellites’ of similar mould is to simplify a complicated issue.”

Both countries and governments are keen to get investments and grant assistance they deem key to graduating from Least Developed Country status – by 2020 for Laos and by 2025 for Cambodia. But Laos, due to its size and long history of juggling ties with the bigger powers around it, appears to be showing more diplomatic savvy in navigating these tricky waters and faces less risk of “over-reliance” on China, according to Pang...
Full article: https://www.mmtimes.com/news/laos-and-c ... dance.html
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Re: Laos and Cambodia: the China dance

Post by Cruisemonkey » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:56 pm

Duh... and in other news, the sky is blue (or our brain perceives it to be).
You could be next.
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