SE Asia, in S part of Indochina; ca. 69,890 sq. mi.; Fr. protectorate 1863; Theravada Buddhist (see Buddhism, 56) kingdom 1946; autonomous 1949; indep. 1953; rep. 1970. RC contacts began in the 16th c. Prot. missions 1922 (Christian and Missionary (Alliance); other Christian work has included BFBS colporteur and Seventh-day Adv. The Bible in Cambodian was pub. 1956. See also French Indochina.
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