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Norodom Sihanouk Norodom Sihanouk was appointed king of Cambodia by the French in 1941. He was able to gain independence for his country by 1954, with himself as head of state, rather than king. As war raged in Vietnam, Sihanouk sought desperately to preserve Cambodia's neutrality. Alternately taking sides with China and then the United States, he was not successful in preventing the war from spilling over into his country. In 1970, while he was out of the country, a coup took place that ousted him from power. He sought refuge in China and North Korea, before returning to Cambodia, once again as king, in 1993.

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