The ability of donors to pressure Cambodia into reform in areas such as human rights and democracy is decreasing due to China’s far greater influence in the country, according to a wide-ranging report prepared for the U.S. Congress on U.S.-Cambodia relations. The report, prepared last month by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and written by Thomas Lum, a specialist in Asian affairs, says Cambodia has become less democratic and more prone to human rights abuses ahead of this month’s national election. The 16-page report also tackles the broader geopolitical environment surrounding Cambodia’s relationship with the U.S. and underlines
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