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Joe Biden’s Cambodian Sideshow

On the cusp of the Biden administration, U.S. lawmakers are calling for fresh sanctions on Cambodia’s government.

Could ASEAN expel Cambodia and Laos over their allegiance to China?

A former Singaporean diplomat, Bilahari Kausikan, recently said that ASEAN should consider expelling Cambodia and Laos for serving China’s proxies in the region, as their apparent allegiance to a foreign power may be threatening the regional bloc as a whole.

UN rights experts call for immediate end to criminalization of activists in Cambodia

UN human rights experts called Monday for an immediate end to the systematic detention and criminalization of human rights defenders, as well as excessive use of force against them.

Cambodian official has no reason to fear honest debate

Asia Times contributor Sim Vireak's 'response' to a recent column falls short in several ways

The Case for a Cambodian Foreign Policy Reset

The country needs to do more to bring balance its foreign relations and dispel perceptions that it is a Chinese proxy.

Cambodia has no reason to fear a Biden presidency

This article is a response to the piece written by David Hutt, which appeared on Asia Times on November 12, suggesting that “Cambodia should be worried about the Biden presidency.”

Cambodia should be worried about the Biden presidency

The Biden administration will probably maintain an 'engagement' policy with Cambodia, but with caveats.

Is Cambodia the weakest link in ASEAN chain?

The inability of Cambodia and Laos to apply individual agency on regional matters while supporting China’s larger interests have caused concerns in the grouping.

Cambodia and ASEAN: Maintaining Cooperation, Building Confidence

Kicking Cambodia out of ASEAN would be neither an effective nor a practical solution to the bloc’s challenges.

Will Thailand Inspire A Cambodian Spring?

There will be no Cambodian Spring anytime soon. This is the sobering reality to a question so tempting to ask – particularly in the shadow of what’s happening in Thailand and now in Lao PDR. So, why won’t a civil society uprising happen in Cambodia soon?

Could ASEAN Really Cut Laos and Cambodia Loose?

The suggestion by a retired Singaporean diplomat has made waves among Southeast Asia watchers – but is it likely to happen?

Time to boot Cambodia out of ASEAN

Singapore ex-top envoy ignites firestorm by saying Cambodia could be expelled from bloc for serving as China’s proxy and disruptor.

Strongman Hun Sen showing signs of weakness

Long-time Cambodian leader is reverting to his bad old threatening ways amid mounting political, economic and diplomatic crises.

China’s Colonization of Cambodia Continues

Nearby nations will be forced to ‘reexamine their political will to resist Beijing’s coercion and weigh the benefits of a rapprochement instead.’

The Beginning of the End of Kem Sokha’s Ordeal in Cambodia?

In recent weeks, Prime Minister Hun Sen has softened his stance toward his main political rival. As usual, there is more than meets the eye.

Seven ideas for microfinance reform in Cambodia

Debtors were struggling even before the pandemic-induced economic crisis.

Cambodian rappers await trial for “inciting unrest”

Two Cambodian rappers face charges of inciting social unrest as the government continues its crackdown on dissent. Their cases, like many others in Cambodia, show the reach of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarianism but also point to the growing role of hip-hop in social movements in Southeast Asia.

OPINION: Microfinance in Cambodia has lifted millions of people out of poverty

The Cambodian credit industry has been in the spotlight recently with several reports from NGOs and in the media highlighting issues of debt burdens on Cambodian borrowers, especially in light of the economic downturn brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Will the Chinese Navy Soon Build 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 but also improve its ability to respond to any conflict near the highly strategic Strait of Malacca, through which an estimated 80 percent of China’s fuel imports travel.

Analyst: EU has lost all credibility with the Cambodian authorities

The EU’s withdrawal of trade perks that have given Cambodia quota- and tariff-free access to the bloc’s single market is seen as “eminently political” in the South-East Asian nation and is unlikely to bring about a change in the country, Raoul M. Jennar told EURACTIV.

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