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Phnom Penh turned to China, now it’s the ‘world’s most vaccinated capital city’

At a regional forum in May, Cambodia’s Hun Sen was asked pointedly about his reliance on China in tackling the pandemic and gave a pointed answer.

Cambodia, China’s closest ally in south-east Asia, looks to ‘reset ties’ with US

Cambodia has indicated a desire to shift out of the shadow of Chinese patronage and pursue a closer relationship with the United States amid a landmark visit to Phnom Penh by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

US building obliterated, as China expands Cambodian naval base

The demolition of a US-funded building at Cambodia's Ream Naval Base has heightened concerns China will use the facility for access to the South China Sea from the Gulf of Thailand.

Torture chief ‘Duch’ from Khmer Rouge killing fields goes to meet his victims

Appearing before a special court in his native Cambodia in 2009, Kaing Khek Iev confessed to a role in the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the late 1970s that made him one of the most prolific mass murderers of recent history.

Cambodia is using coronavirus as an excuse for human rights abuse

Cambodia is not the only country to declare a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the legislation passed last week by Hun Sen's government – like that in Orban's Hungary – should be ringing alarm bells for anyone anywhere concerned with the erosion of human rights and democracy.

Australia pressured by human rights advocates over Cambodia

A leading human rights group has urged the Morrison government to threaten Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen with trade barriers over its human rights record and a crackdown on the opposition.

Hun Sen branded him a traitor. He fled the country but thugs found him

Walking out of a convenience store in suburban Bangkok one evening, Chamroeun Suon nearly became the latest in a long line of south-east Asian refugees, activists and journalists to disappear in Thailand.

Australia must stop ‘sucking up’ to Cambodia’s ‘gangster regime’: MP

Australian MPs from both major parties have united to condemn Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in the wake of the dictator’s political opponent being put on trial for widely criticised treason charges.

Cambodia’s targeting of opposition activists matters to Australia

Cambodian dictator Hun Sen's tentacles reached out across ASEAN borders this week to stymie attempts by his political opponents to return to their homeland.

‘You shut up’: Cambodian ambassador ambushes press conference

Chinese influence in Cambodia will keep growing despite efforts by exiled opposition leaders to return and seize control of the country's future, according to a leading Cambodia expert.

Cambodian opposition leader deported by Thailand at Hun Sen regime’s request

One of the most senior members of Cambodia's banned opposition party has been deported from Thailand, following a request from Hun Sen's government.

China’s takeover of Sihanoukville is almost complete, despite base row

The woman hasn't moved for 20 minutes, and she hasn't made a sound.

Security experts warn on risks posed by China’s Cambodia naval base

The construction of a Chinese military base in Cambodia would allow the burgeoning superpower to project military power deep into south-east Asia and have direct implications for Australia, according to security experts.

Apparent plans for a Chinese military base in Cambodia alarms Australia

Australia has warned a Chinese base in Cambodia would upend peace and stability in the region, as the superpower moves to use debt-laden developing nations to expand its military footprint.

Jailed Australian man Dino Rossetto loses bid for freedom from Cambodian jail

Australian man Dino Rossetto will spend five years in a Cambodian jail for drug offences after the country's Supreme Court in Phnom Penh upheld his conviction.

‘These children need to be loved’: Geraldine Cox on staring down her darkest days

She has run orphanages in Cambodia for decades, against huge odds. But in 2017, the Australian known as Big Mum faced her greatest fear – having to close down her operation.

Victory skipper Valeri fine with Honda’s Cambodia trip

A packed schedule looms for Melbourne Victory, with plenty of time spent on the road, including successive games against league leaders Perth Glory this Saturday and title challengers Sydney FC seven days later. 

Olyroos’ half-dozen destroys Cambodia

Australia's under-23 team could hardly have got off to a better start in their qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, thumping Cambodia 6-0 in their opening game in Phnom Penh in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Arnold urges Olyroos: Beat Cambodia and stake your claim for Socceroos

National team boss Graham Arnold has challenged his Olyroo squad not just to get the job done when they take on the Keisuke Honda-coached Cambodia in Friday night's opening Olympic qualifier in Phnom Penh.

70-year-old paedophile faces imminent deportation order

The Australian government is no longer providing consular assistance to convicted paedophile Trevor Lake, who is understood to have received a recent pardon from the Cambodian government and now faces imminent deportation back to Australia.