François Hauter is a longtime foreign correspondent for Le Figaro and the author of Rouge Glacé, a novel set in China. (October 2007)

Chinese Shadows

In Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the economy is going strong, but the prime minister, Hun Sen, has organized the plunder of the nation’s resources for the benefit of its powerful neighbor, China—in exchange for Beijing’s protection. Xu Pucheng, age fifty-nine, is a humble Chinese peasant from Hubei Province, …