video clip that caused consternation earlier this week of a Chinese gang threatening unrest in Cambodia has been determined to be an “old” video by authorities in the country.
The short clip features a man in a white shirt with a cigarette in hand surrounded by more than a dozen other men — all shirtless, some sporting tattoos — shouting into the camera that “In the next three years, whether Sihanoukville is peaceful or not will be up to us, the people of Chongqing!”
Sihanoukville is a coastal city/province in southern Cambodia that has seen major investment in recent years from Chinese firms who have built hotels, resorts, and casinos in the area.
After the clip spread on social media, the Chinese embassy in Cambodia issued a statement on Sunday declaring that it was “very concerned” by the video and would cooperate with Cambodian police to help investigate the issue.
That investigation has concluded that the gang of Chinese men seen in the video “have not lived in Cambodia,” according to a report on Wednesday by the Khmer Times. The local news portal cites National Police chief General Neth Savoeun as saying that the video clip was an old one
It’s unclear when or where the video was filmed or for what purpose. Its release follows a Ministry of Interior report from earlier this month which identified Chinese nationals as the most criminally active foreigners in Cambodia, accounting for 241 of the 341 foreigner arrests so far this year.