Lu Laysreng

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This is a Cambodian name; the family name is Leu. According to Cambodian custom, this person properly should be referred to by the given name Lay Sreng.

Lu Laysreng (born 1938)[1] one of Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister as well as the country's Minister of Rural Development.[2] He belongs to Funcinpec and was elected to represent Kampong Speu Province in the National Assembly of Cambodia in 2003.[3]

Lu was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Chinese immigrants from Jieyang[4] but stayed in Swatow between the ages of six to fifteen for his Primary and Secondary education before returning to Cambodia.[5] During his early adulthood, Lu pursued his University studies at University of California, Berkeley, acquiring American citizenship at the same time before returining to Cambodia and serving in politics. After the 2003 elections, he was subsequently appointed as the Cambodian information minister, and is one of the key personalities instrumental in fostering the kingdom's closer ties with China.[6]

In one interview, Lu mentioned that his Chinese name is "杨来盛", but that he was frequently addressed as "呂来盛", a transliteration of his Khmer name "Lu Lay Sreng". Lu is fluent in Khmer, Teochew and English.[7]

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