Originally published by Reuters, 01 Apr 2010
By Andrew Quinn
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it had halted shipments of some surplus military vehicles to Cambodia to retaliate for the Southeast Asian nation’s decision to deport a group of Uighurs back to China over U.S. protests.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the United States informed Cambodia last month that it was suspending the shipment of 200 military trucks and trailers as a consequence of Cambodia’s December decision on the Uighurs.
“We said there would be consequences and this is a step in that direction,” Crowley said.
Cambodia in December defied international pressure and expelled 20 Uighur asylum seekers, a move that underlined its growing economic and diplomatic links with China.
Two days later it signed 14 deals worth an estimated $850 million with China. Beijing denied any link.Continue Reading →