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Cambodia to Begin Work on Controversial Chinese-Backed Canal in August: PM

File image of Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Manet. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Cambodia will start work on a controversial $1.7-billion canal linking the capital, Phnom Penh, to the sea in August, Prime Minister Hun Manet said Thursday.

The Chinese-backed Funan Techo canal has sparked fears in neighboring Vietnam that it could be used by Chinese warships and reduce Cambodian dependence on Vietnamese ports.

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