Returning from a state visit to Japan on Tuesday, a member of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government dismissed the possibility that newly upgraded ties with Japan and Cambodia’s decision to join its Asean neighbors in a “freedom of overflight” pact with Tokyo might strain its close relations with Beijing. During the trip, Mr. Hun Sen officially upgraded Cambodia’s relations with Japan to a “strategic partnership” and, at an Asean-Japan Commemorative Summit on Saturday, joined a communique expressing the right to a “freedom of overflight” in the region. China is likely to interpret the communique as a challenge to
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