Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Cambodia

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Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:14 am

Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Cambodia
Increasing Chinese political influence and presence in Cambodia has sparked anti-Chinese sentiment.
By George Wright
November 07, 2018
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — When a Chinese national crashed his military number-plated SUV into a stone erected in Phnom Penh in the 1990s to celebrate Cambodian-American friendship, many commented on how it was the perfect metaphor for Cambodia in 2018.

“Chinese nationals have come to invest in Cambodia, prompting so many problems to Cambodia and making the people suffer,” commented one Facebook user under a post using the #ChineseAgain! hashtag on a popular page focused on highlighting social issues.

Whether it’s gangsters brawling in bars, drunk tourists crashing cars, or scammers running online extortion schemes, the Chinese are rarely out of the news here these days.

Rising anti-Chinese sentiment across Cambodia was the reason so many locals are now staying away from Sihanoukville, Virak said, adding that this — rather than just Westerners holidaying elsewhere — was one of the main reasons the local economy is being hit hard.
“It’s the unknown. A drunken Chinese is scarier than a drunken Westerner, who you see every single night,” he said.
Full article: https://thediplomat.com/2018/11/anti-ch ... -cambodia/
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