U.S. Relations With Cambodia

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Fact Sheet
February 12, 2019


More information about Cambodia is available on the Cambodia Country Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-CAMBODIA RELATIONS

Over the last several decades of the 20th century, the United States and Cambodia established, broke off, and reestablished relations as a result of armed conflict and government changes in Cambodia. Full diplomatic relations were established after the freely elected Royal Government of Cambodia was formed in 1993. The United States continues to support democratic institutions and promote respect for human rights in Cambodia. The two countries are also working to increase free and fair trade, and to address challenges from promoting regional security to expanding global health and development. The United States also supports efforts in Cambodia to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, improve nutrition for children, eliminate human trafficking and corruption, address environmental degradation, better manage natural resources, foster economic development, and achieve the fullest possible accounting for Americans missing from the Indochina conflict in the 1960s and 1970s.

U.S. Assistance to Cambodia

Cambodia has enjoyed over 25 years of peace following decades of conflict, but important challenges remain. Cambodia is still dependent on foreign assistance—roughly 28 percent of the central government's 2016 budget consisted of donor aid. U.S. assistance has made significant contributions to the country's development. In 2016, U.S. foreign assistance for programs in health, education, food security, environment, governance, and demining of unexploded ordnance totaled over $83.5 million.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Cambodia's economy still suffers from decades of war and internal strife. The economy is heavily dollarized; the Cambodian riel and U.S. dollar can be used interchangeably. Trade has expanded rapidly since the normalization of economic relations between our countries, and the United States and is now the largest single country purchaser of Cambodia's exports. Manufacturing output is concentrated in the garment sector, which dominates Cambodia's exports, especially to the U.S. and the European Union.

Cambodia's Membership in International Organizations

Cambodia became a member of the United Nations in 1955 following independence from France in 1953. Cambodia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the UN, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization

Bilateral Representation

The position of U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia is currently vacant, other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Cambodia maintains an embassy in the United States at 4530 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011; tel: (202) 726-7742; fax: (202) 726-8381.

More information about Cambodia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Cambodia Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Cambodia Page
U.S. Embassy
USAID Cambodia Page
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Country Studies
Travel Information