Dr Chanrith Ngin is an Honorary Academic at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He was a Wang Gungwu Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and
Articles by Chanrith Ngin (4)
Easy Highway, Troubled City: How China Wins and Loses Cambodians’ Hearts
Two China-driven projects show striking contrasts. The newly opened Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has been well-received by Cambodians. But grand plans for Sihanoukville to be an investment hub and “multi-purpose” city have instead seen Chinese businesses crowding out locals, a boom-bust cycle in construction and illicit trades.
The Undetermined Costs and Benefits of Cambodia’s Engagement with China’s Belt and Road Initiative
This Long Read argues that despite common perceptions of Cambodia as a ‘client state’ of China due to its dependence on Chinese aid and investment, Cambodia does exercise agency and has been diversifying its donors and investors to meet its economic needs.
The G7’s Global Infrastructure and Investment Drive: Not So Attractive For Southeast Asia
The Group of 7’s new infrastructure and investment drive seeks to provide what Southeast Asia needs, such as financing for hard infrastructure. But the need for multiple stakeholders and financing issues might not garner much buy-in from the region.
Having it Both Ways? Cambodia’s Superpower Balancing Act
The Cambodian People’s Party needs China, Cambodia’s top donor and investor, to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty to win the next election, which is vital to its legitimacy.