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Cambodia Must Step Up its Energy Game Beyond Chinese-Backed Hydropower

Chinese hydropower dams have helped Cambodia maintain its much-needed electricity supply. But relying on hydroelectric power alone is not enough and has proved to be dangerous for local people and their surroundings. Achieving true energy security for Cambodia could mean that it must consider temporary difficult options, ...

Cambodia Must Check Chinese-Sponsored Casinos’ Operations in Sihanoukville

Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Province has seen tremendous growth in infrastructure and development in the past decade, thanks to China’s help. Tourism flourishes, spurring employment opportunities and economic activities.  Unfortunately, a majority of that development comes from casinos and gambling businesses, which ...

Reflecting On China-Cambodia’s Dara Sakor Project, 15 Years In

It was 2008 when the Cambodian government appointed the Chinese-owned Union Development Group (UDG), a subsidiary of Wanlong Group based in Tianjin, to build a $3.8 billion mega project in Dara Sakor.  UDG was equipped with a 99-year lease and was ...