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Cambodia works to balance regional powers
With a reported deal to allow the Chinese military access to a key naval base, Cambodia has gained the attention of those following the Sino-U.S. rivalry. For Phnom Penh, however, its partnership with Beijing is about carefully balancing Vietnam and Thailand, two strong regional powers with which it still has tensions. Cambodia shares a broad spectrum of interests with China, to a degree that the U.S., EU and Japan do not.