Report: China’s new silk road project brings risk of increased illicit trade

A motorist drives past the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) at Preah Sihanouk province on September 28, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Beijing’s ambitious global programme for expanding its international trade opportunities and promoting infrastructure development, has been linked to increased risks of increased illicit trade, corruption, and crime, especially for weak economies such as Cambodia, a report has alleged.