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Japan's support of Cambodia's general election is viewed as a strategic maneuver to counter Chinese influence in the developing state.
Cambodia's Secretary of State for its Ministry of Economy and Finance, Vongsey Vissoth, says trade accounts for "about 110 percent of GDP" while foreign direct investment and tourism make up an additional 11 and 13 percent respectively.
On a Saturday this past fall, hundreds of people were waiting in an hourlong line to climb the staircases of Angkor Wat. Legend has it that if you ascend to the third level of the huge 12th-century Hindu temple, you'll find the center of the universe. The news has reached China: Most of the tourists in the courtyard and at dozens of other ancient temples in the Cambodian jungle were Chinese.