with the world before the Khmer Rouge...
On February 7, 1950, The United States
of America established diplomatic ties with Cambodia. From 1955
to 1963, the U.S. aided Cambodia, giving them $409.6 million in
economic grants and $83.7 million in military assistance. Most of
the aid money was spent on repairing the damages that Cambodia suffered
from the Indochina War. It was used to develop Cambodia’s
security infrastructure, along with a road that connected to different
seaports. However, the relationship between the two nations began
to weaken in the early 1960’s. In 1965, all ties between the
two nations were broken.
In 1969, relations between Cambodia and
the U.S. were reestablished, and between 1970 and 1975, the U.S.
aided Cambodia with $1.8 billion in military support and $503 million
in economic assistance. Ties again were severed due to Cambodia's
support of the communist North Vietnam. This resulted in the U.S.
stopping all aid to Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge took over, they
used the apparent "friction" between the two nations to
help empty the cities. They would tell the urban citizens that the
U.S. was going to bomb them, so they had to leave for the countryside.
with U.S. 2002-2003. GeographyIQ. 25/7/03.