After allowing the MS Westerdam and its 2,000 passengers and crew to dock at its port on February, Sihanoukville, a quiet and small port city in Cambodia has commanded the global spotlight.
Aside from offering a safe departure for those on board, Sihanoukville is in the midst of providing opportunities for its residents and those from the region.
Chinese commerce and investment have brought industrial parks, factories, commercial housing, hotels, restaurants and casinos as well. The seaside tourist city is gradually changing into an engine of Cambodia’s economy.
Over the past five years some have begun referring to Sihanoukville as a “next Shenzhen.” The road to development is not easy as the city still faces many development problems. But joining the Belt and Road Initiative and enhancing cooperation with China has become the consensus on how to push forward.
Lan Hui Source