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Cambodia, which is located between Thailand and Vietnam and has a 440-kilometer coastal zone which is separated from the rest of the country by a mountain ridge, is in need of a “third neighbor” in order to survive economically and politically, and for improving its export opportunities.
The Cambodian economy grew 7.5 percent in 2018, according to the World Bank’s Cambodia Economic Update, released today. This better-than-expected growth was driven largely by the rapid expansion of exports and ongoing construction boom.
Cambodia’s recent development story has much in common with the broader region. Phenomenal growth has changed its economy and society beyond recognition.