Chinese involvement in BKL confirmed

Jan. 7, 2011. In a letter sent by Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema in November, Prime Minister Hun Sen “agrees to the offer” of re-registering the Shukaku Inc.’s 99-year lease of Boeung Kak under the new name of Shukaku Erdos Hung Jun Property Development Co, Ltd, in recognition of Chinese investment in the illegal venture.

Though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintains no Chinese company is “involved at this stage”, the letter from the Governor to the Prime Minister leaves little doubt about Chinese involvement. You can read the letter here.

In the meantime, hundreds of Boeung Kak residents are continuing their daytime vigil at Freedom Park for the fifth day running. The demonstrators are demanding 15ha of the total lease area for on-site development, or alternatively a fair price for their land.

The Phnom Penh Post covered the story. You can read it here.

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