Working Paper

More Than Friends? A Content Analysis of Cambodia’s Position towards China’s Core Interests

The ‘Cambodia-China’ relationship dynamic has spurred much debate between scholars for many years. However, the extent to which there exists explicit Cambodian support for China remains greatly contested. This divergence of view in academia has emerged from primarily qualitative studies and opinion pieces. Therefore, this study aims to measure the relationship between Cambodia and China by employing a content analysis methodology. Utilizing the software ‘Nvivo 12’ to undertake the research, we identified and coded Phnom Penh-Beijing relations across five core themes: South China Sea, One China Policy, One Belt One Road, Chinese Assistance, and Chinese Investment. Data was collected and analyzed from the reputable Cambodia media outlet, the Phnom Penh Post.

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YUN Pengtakpitou

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