Construction begins on Chinese-funded stadium in CambodiaWritten by admin , April 6th, 2017 // Construction
Cambodia began construction of a new $157 million football stadium funded by China, the Southeast Asian country’s most important ally.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said at the ground-breaking ceremony that China’s support for the stadium, to be used for hosting the Southeast Asian Games in 2023, is evidence of the two countries’ close cooperation.
Beijing has provided millions of dollars in aid and investment for Cambodia over the past decade, and in return has secured its political support in international forums. It has increasingly used “soft power” diplomacy and strategic investments to spread its influence, even as it aggressively pursues its territorial claims in the South China Sea.
The new stadium is 10 kilometers (six miles) north of Phnom Penh and will have a capacity of 60,000, second only to a Phnom Penh stadium constructed in 1964 to hold 70,000 spectators.