The paper covers the process of changes in the situation of Chinese immigrants in Cambodia. First, it describes the beginnings of the Chinese community in Cambodia, showing the early state policy towards the immigrants, then the changes connected with the abolition of the world slave trade in the 19th century as well as with the progress of colonization of Southeast Asia by European powers. It also presents the situation of the Chinese minority in the 20th century, after the end of colonial rule in Cambodia. Further, the paper examines the role of the Chinese immigration in the Cambodian economy and society, mentioning the evolution of trade relations between both countries. This part of the article also describes the change in colonial policy allowing Chinese women to immigrate and its influence on the expansion of the Chinese enclaves in Cambodia. Finally, the paper discusses the destruction of the Chinese minority during the expansion of the US-Vietnam war into Cambodia and its rise at the end of the 20th century.
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