China’s increasing involvement and investment in the Sihanoukville Province has pushed up the crime rate and brought instability, said governor Yun Min in a letter to the government.
The three page letter, which was sent to the interior minister said that the influx of Chinese investors had “created opportunities for Chinese mafia to come in and commit various crimes and kidnap Chinese investors, causing insecurity in the province,” said Governor Yun Min, reported by Free Malaysia Today.
Sihanoukville, a sleepy coastal town in Cambodia, saw a surge in China-driven interest in the hotel and casino industry.
Many of the casinos are integrated into hotels, which are opening rapidly to take advantage of rising visitor numbers and increased flight connections.
Governor Min admitted that Chinese investment has created jobs for the city and pushed up real estate prices.
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