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RCEP, mega trade deal, may have short shelf-life as US moves to isolate China

The signatories of the much-hyped Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are keenly watching the US moves towards China. Amid the raging debate over the origin of Covid-19, the US is moving fast towards building international support to isolate China.

Cambodia to chair ASEAN in choppy waters

Cambodia will be ASEAN chair next year — its third time since joining the regional group in 1999. The last time Cambodia chaired ASEAN was in 2012, when it was fiercely criticised for siding with China at the expense of other ASEAN states over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Cambodia’s lion distraction

Media jumped on the tale of Hun Sen's intervention in the case of a privately 'owned' lion, for all the wrong reasons.

Do Cambodia’s Human Rights Groups Ignore Ethnic Vietnamese?

After decades of depredations, both real and imagined, Vietnam remains the main bogeyman of Cambodian nationalism.

America’s misplayed debt diplomacy in Cambodia

Moralizing is all well and good but the Vietnam War era $700 million Phnom Penh owes Washington need not be a sticking point.

Will Vaccination Be Hun Sen’s Legacy?

Cambodia’s successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout has given the country’s leader a golden chance to bow out of politics. Will he take it?

Being Green Is Enough to Get You Jailed in Hun Sen’s Cambodia

he arrests and charges against three young, peaceful environmental activists in Cambodia shows that the repression of Prime Minister Hun Sen is not just directed against political opponents.

In Cambodia, the End of COVID-19 Will Heighten the Economic Contradictions

Corruption and inequality are set to rise as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Does the Chinese Navy Want a Base in Cambodia?

The presence of a base in Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand would provide the PLAN with a new southern flank in the South China Sea.

China’s hold on Cambodia hard for Biden to break

Washington and Phnom Penh suggest it's time for a diplomatic reset but US will need to pay to make fresh inroads.

A buffer zone for Thailand, last great hope for wildlife in Southeast Asia (commentary)

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam form a kind of buffer zone around Thailand against the onslaught of the illegal wildlife trade that has engulfed Southeast Asia’s forests.

US Engagement with Cambodia Needs to Move Beyond the ‘China Factor’

Despite its concerns about China’s increasing influence, the U.S. needs to engage with Cambodia more, not less.

How the US Can Help Cambodians Restore Their Country’s Democracy

The U.S. should propose a post-pandemic development program based on human rights, democratic principles, and the rule of law.

Cambodia’s new tax on online services will hurt consumers and businesses, says expert

Contradictions within the new tax code also make compliance challenging for many businesses.

How Cambodia’s agricultural lending can get a bigger bang for its buck

Agriculture remains an important sector in the developing world. In Cambodia, it is one of the top three economic sectors. But for a long time the sector has faced several critical barriers. One such barrier is the gap between farmers and financial support, and the failure of the Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (ARDB) grant-credit program to bridge it.

Is Cambodia’s Exclusive Dependence on China Inevitable?

The most practical course for a small country is to cultivate as many friends and partners as possible.

Daphne Bramham: Our pandemic plight pales compared to millions of others

The global pandemic hasn’t halted slavery and human trafficking. If anything, it’s only made it worse especially for the forced labourers at sea and those secreted away in brothels.

Cambodia’s Coal Power Addiction Must End

Our people have already felt the impacts of the climate crisis— so a recalculation of energy policies is necessary for Cambodia now as the worst is yet to come.

Hun Sen’s Mistake? The Domestic Political Ramifications Of His Chinese Shelter – Analysis

China did not coerce Cambodia into joining its fold, as former US Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell has suggested. Rather, Hun Sen chose China, which in turn found Cambodia useful.

The impact of COVID-19 on the civil society sector in Cambodia: a year on

When COVID-19 was recognised as a global pandemic in 2020, we heard from many civil society actors in Cambodia who held strong fears about its potentially critical impact.

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RCEP, mega trade deal, may have short shelf-life as US moves...

The signatories of the much-hyped Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are keenly watching the US moves towards China. Amid the raging debate over the origin of Covid-19, the US is moving fast towards building international support to isolate China.