Firearm Diplomacy

No Asian countries pumped more money into Cambodia than China has: since 2000, China has invested more than $9 billion in the cash-strapped Southeast Asian nation. Last July, the Chinese government increased its already huge presence in Cambodia and delivered 1,000 handguns and 50,000 bullets to its police forces, helping Prime Minister Hun Sen cement his hold on power and adding to China's already secure role in Cambodia's future. Photographs taken July 26 in Siem Reap, Cambodia of Hun Sen’s personal bodyguards.

  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)
  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)
  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)
  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)
  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)
  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)
  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)
  • (Photo by George Nickels)(Photo by George Nickels)

No Asian countries pumped more money into Cambodia than China has: since 2000, China has invested more than $9 billion in the cash-strapped Southeast Asian nation.

Last July, the Chinese government increased its already huge presence in Cambodia and delivered 1,000 handguns and 50,000 bullets to its police forces, helping Prime Minister Hun Sen cement his hold on power and adding to China’s already secure role in Cambodia’s future.

Photographs taken July 26 in Siem Reap, Cambodia of Hun Sen’s personal bodyguards.