A letter to the Cambodian defence minister, seen by Reuters, reflects concern in Washington about the Chinese military presence in Southeast Asia, where China is increasingly assertive over its contested claims in the South China Sea.
A rescue operation was underway to find out if any more workers were trapped in the rubble, said the city police chief, Maj. Thul Phorsda. The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training said that 30 workers were at the site when the building tumbled around 4 am.
James Ricketson was sentenced to six years in a trial his sympathisers described as farcical because prosecutors never specified whom he was spying for and failed to present evidence that he possessed or transmitted any secrets.
PM Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party said on Monday it had won all 125 parliamentary seats up for grabs in a general election a day earlier, a vote heavily criticised by rights groups, the United States and other Western countries.
Hun Sen, who ruled Cambodia for nearly 33 years, took 'selfies' with supporters and enjoyed a boat ride following Sunday's election in which his Cambodian People's Party (CPP) said it had won all 125 parliamentary seats.
The White House said it would consider steps, including an expansion of visa restrictions placed on some Cambodian government members, in response to "flawed elections" in which there was no significant challenger to Hun Sen.