AVI: Take BRI criticisms on board

Nearly 100 officials and researchers attended a workshop on geopolitical trends and the emergence of the digital economy at the Senate’s Library Hall on Thursday.

Presentations were made and discussions held on geopolitical trends in the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Some experts claimed that Cambodia could avoid accusations from the West of bias towards China if the Kingdom could resolve some questions regarding the perceived negative consequences of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The comments came as environmental management and security issues are looked at as the Kingdom receives investment from China.

Chheng Kimlong, the director of the Innovation and Democratic Governance Centre at the Asian Vision Institute (AVI), said Cambodia had been criticised for showing perceived bias towards China to receive benefits from its Belt and Road Initiative without caring about any negative consequences.

He said the Cambodian government must take such consequences into greater consideration.

“There is criticism over environmental, management and security consequences, and I think the government must take these into thorough consideration."

“If we can reduce the negative consequences, then we can avoid accusations from the West that we have turned towards China to only get benefits without considering any negative effects of the Belt and Road project,” Kimlong said.

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