Chinese Development Eyes Up Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong

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Post by frank lee bent » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:10 am

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:22 pm

Welcome to 'Tourism Vacation Town': China to build $1.2bn holiday hotspot in Cambodia
Vast project follows a similar $3.8bn project, raising concerns about Beijing’s dollar diplomacy in the region
Fri 7 Sep 2018 06.40 BST
A $1.2bn Chinese-built “luxury city” is being built in Cambodia, accelerating what critics concerned about Beijing’s influence in the south-east Asian country call the region’s “Chinafication”.

Chinese developer Tianjin Union Development Group (UDG) says Tourism Vacation Town will feature high-end hotels, offices and theme parks on 1,200 hectares of land in Cambodia’s southwestern Koh Kong province. Details are scant, but building work is expected to begin next year.

The company has already started work on another $3.8bn resort in the same province, named Dara Sakor. In 2008 UDG was given a 99-year lease for land in Koh Kong to build Dara Sakor, which is expected to feature a port as well as attractions such as casinos. Many villagers have allegedly been displaced by the project, with some launching protests against what they said were unlawful “land grabs”.
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Re: Chinese Development Eyes Up Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong

Post by newkidontheblock » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:45 pm

Belt and road initiative at it’s finest. PRC has put all it’s marbles into it. Unless the country slumps or the premier changes, both unlikely, expect trends to continue.
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Re: Chinese Development Eyes Up Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong

Post by frank lee bent » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:42 am

sure, just sign the contracts and collect.
enforcement can be expensive though.
ask the failed colonial powers.
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Post by newkidontheblock » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:49 am

Colonial powers want the moral high ground. Something about making the lives of the natives better, improving society, etc. Like the project to bring the Khmer Rouge leaders to justice. The PRC just want the ground the Khmer stand on.
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Post by jochanaan » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:59 pm

.... PRC just want the ground if possible no native on... better importing cheap PRC workforce for developping the "Monster Project" and running the it.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:21 pm

Chinese gambling boom looms over Cambodia's Kampot
16 September 2018
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Post by whiteribbon » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:27 pm

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:21 pm
Chinese gambling boom looms over Cambodia's Kampot
16 September 2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45443489
Doesn't the BBC fact check the articles written by freelancers? Just start reading and already find this: 'it was reopened as a luxury hotel and casino under the banner, Le Bokor Palace.'
Le Bokor Palace isn't a casino at all. Visited it recently for lunch and no casino activities there, their own website also doesn't mention anything about it, unlike their other hotel on Bokor. Did I overlook this?
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Re: Chinese Development Eyes Up Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong

Post by that genius » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:42 pm

whiteribbon wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:27 pm
Doesn't the BBC fact check the articles written by freelancers?
Why would they do that?

They swallow everything the govt tells them, checking is a socialist strategy, a plot to undermine the next UK election.
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Re: Chinese Development Eyes Up Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:23 am

Cambodia: Beijing-backed Project Won't Include Chinese Base
November 16, 2018 8:57 PM
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — The Cambodian military and government officials have denied a report claiming that a Beijing-backed development project would pave the way for a Chinese naval base in the country.

The online newspaper Asia Times reported earlier this week that the deep-water port, which is being developed by China's Union Development Group (UDG) in Koh Kong province, could host Chinese frigates and destroyers.

But Cambodia's defense department spokesman, Gen. Chhum Socheat, denied that the port would be used as a de facto Chinese naval base in the future, which would be illegal under Cambodia's constitution.

"I didn't read that report, but Cambodia's constitution says that we can't allow foreign military bases on Cambodian soil. That's the law. So what it [Asia Times] reported was a fabrication to damage Cambodia's image," he told VOA Cambodia on Friday.

The Cambodian port mentioned in the online report is on a concession of land, originally 36,000 hectares when it was signed over to UDG in 2008 for development of “an industrial and commercial coastal project,” according to the C4ADS report. It added that the agreement violated Article 59 of Cambodia's 2001 Land Law, which states "land concession areas shall not be more than 10,000 hectares."

The concession, which is now 45,000 hectares, includes 20 percent of Cambodia's coast, and in September, UDC board Chairman Li Tao announced plans to invest $1.2 billion to build a “Tourism City” on 1,200 hectares.

First registered as a Cambodian enterprise, by 2011, UDG was owned and operated by Chinese entities, unnamed in the report. Cambodian Prime Minister HE reimagined the enterprise in 2015, calling it a Pilot Zone project that was to include medical facilities, condominiums, resorts and hotels, manufacturing facilities, an international airport and a deep-water port.
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