Hun Sen Says Chinese Companies Not Favored, Just Served

Prime Minister Hun Sen yeserday lauded his government’s strong ties with China but said Cambodia does not give Chinese any preferential treatment. Mr. Hun Sen was speaking at the inauguration of the $47.1 million Kirirom III hydropower dam in Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel District- constructed by a state-owned Chinese company under a 30-year-build-operate-transfer agreement. … Although China has become Cambodia’s largest source of investment, as well as military aid and loans, Mr Hun Sen said Chinese businessmen were not given any “privilege” over others. “I would like to publicly declare that Cambodian invetment policy is ‘first come, first served,'” Mr. Hun Sen said.