US Imposes Export Restrictions on Cambodia to Address Corruption

The United States imposed an arms embargo and new export restrictions on Cambodia to address human rights abuses and corruption, as well as the growing influence of China’s military, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

“The United States remains fully committed to Cambodia’s independence and the sovereignty of its people,” said Secretary Gina Raimondo.

“We urge the Cambodian government to make meaningful progress in addressing corruption and human rights abuses, and to work to reduce the influence of the PRC military in Cambodia, which threatens regional and global security,” Raimondo added.

“In today’s final rule, consistent with State’s imposition of an arms embargo under State’s authorities, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added Cambodia to Country Group D:5 (U.S. Arms Embargoed countries). BIS also imposed a more restrictive review policy for license applications containing items controlled for national security, regardless of the end-user,” the Commerce said in a statement.

“This rule also subjects Cambodia to ‘military end-use’ and ‘military end-user’ restrictions under the EAR. A license requirement applies to exports and reexports of certain items intended for military end uses or end users,” it added.

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