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Cambodia makes its own way, not a US lackey

The Cambodia-US relationship has become turbulent recently. Chad Roedemeier, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, reportedly expressed disappointment on October 7 that Cambodian military authorities chose to demolish the maritime security facility at Ream Naval Base which the US believes is "a sign of US-Cambodia relations."

In Cambodia, China’s Wang Yi set to challenge US pressures

The Chinese foreign minister will meet Prime Minister Hun Sen as part of a diplomatic drive in Southeast Asia amid the growing US-China rivalry.

Hun Sen Says that Cambodia Plans to Meet its Financial Obligations in spite of...

The country’s economic growth could directly benefit from a package for the poor and unemployed, according to the UNDP.

Authorities Steer Clear of Prosecuting Senator, Generals in Mondulkiri Land Grab

A Cambodian People’s Party Senator, military generals, local officials, and commune chiefs have gotten off with only a rap on the knuckles after being involved in an attempted land grab in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri.

Pandemic, Support for Banned CNRP Swell Ranks of ‘Political Prisoners’

Yim Sareth’s crime was posting a photo of himself online wearing a mask, says his wife, Ouk Chanthy.

Protests More Effective in Cambodia Than Politically Influenced Trials: Rights Group, Lawyers

Frustration drives recent peaceful protests by activists that have resulted in a spate of arrests.

China’s Military Ambitions in Southeast Asia: Much Bigger than Cambodian Bases

An excessive focus on rhetorical ‘base wars’ can distract attention from the broader military inroads Beijing is making in the region.

Indonesian Ambassador hopes for Cambodia and Indonesia to Cooperate in the Defense Industry Sector

This could involve Cambodia’s military officials visiting Indonesia’s defense-industry plants, he says.

US Counters China with New Aid for Five Countries in Southeast Asia

The U.S. government aims to take another bite out of Chinese influence in Southeast Asia with a partnership to aid five countries that traditionally tap Beijing for help, experts in the region say.

Cambodia Says Naval Base Open For All, Not Just China

A coastline fit for diplomatic power plays sets off alarms in the United States.

Ex-CNRP Commune Councilor Arrested Over Years-Old Forestry Charge

A former opposition commune councilor in Pursat province was arrested on Tuesday over an old warrant related to the clearing of forests, police said.

Hun Sen challenges critics to name country that can match China’s aid

Prime Minister Hun Sen on October 7 posed a question to countries that have been critical of Cambodia’s acceptance of Chinese aid, saying he would consider stepping down from office if any of his critics can name a country that can replace China’s assistance in building infrastructure.

Authorities Release 15-Year-Old Who Illegally Entered CNRP Headquarters

A 15-year-old boy who illegally entered the outlawed CNRP’s former headquarters over the weekend was released by authorities on Tuesday morning after questioning.

Son of Former Opposition Member Released After Breaking into CNRP Headquarters

The 15-year-old boy, whose father is in jail for being associated with the former opposition party, was detained for breaking into the CNRP headquarters on Oct. 4, but was released after questioning this morning.

Addressing Political Issues at Home is Key to Cambodia’s Future

Cambodia is in a unique and challenging position amid the growing strategic competition between the United States and China. Since 2012, when Cambodia was the chair of ASEAN, the country has been accused of supporting China’s strategic interests.

Police Question 3 People Over T-Shirts That Urge to ‘Respect Article 2’

Tbong Khmum police brought in three residents for questioning on Saturday over a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: “Thank you for peace, but respect Article 2 of the Constitution.”

Kem Sokha Lawyers Ask for Trial to Resume

Lawyers for former CNRP president Kem Sokha have applied to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to resume his trial, more than six months after it was suspended out of concerns for Covid-19.

Sister of Abducted Activist to Visit Cambodia for Investigation

The elder sister of exiled activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing in Phnom Penh in June, said she will try to visit Cambodia in person and continue an investigation into his fate, since she’s given up any hope on government actions.

Police in Cambodia Arrest 15-Year-Old Autistic Son of Jailed Opposition Member

Police in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh have arrested the 15-year-old autistic son of a jailed member of the country’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) after he entered the party’s abandoned headquarters to collect flags, according to his mother.

Cambodia: Maritime Silk Road benefits countries involved, upholds multilateralism

The 21st-century Maritime Silk Road proposed by China in 2013 benefits countries and people along the route and brings them peace and development opportunities, several experts have said recently.

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