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  • China has gifted Cambodia a $150 million sporting stadium outside Phnom Penh.
  • Designed to pay homage to Cambodian culture, the stadium is five stories tall and can seat 60,000 people.
  • It's the latest in China's "stadium diplomacy" strategy of giving out sporting venues in exchange for influence.


Cambodia has received the keys to a brand new, $150 million stadium from China, the latest country to be gifted such a project as Beijing tries to build influence worldwide.


Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi formally handed over the Morodok Techno National Stadium, which China financed and started building in 2013, to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday, reported the Khmer Times.


At the handover ceremony, Wang said China funded the project because it was close friends with Cambodia, per the Times. Cambodia plans to use the stadium, located on the outskirts of capital Phnom Penh, to host the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in 2023.



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