Cambodia Distributes New Map of Border With Vietnam Despite Claims it Cedes Land to Hanoi

Critics call the new map ‘illegal’ and demand that the border is redrawn.

Cambodia on Thursday distributed a newly drawn topographical map of the country’s shared border with Vietnam to local authorities and submitted it to the United Nations for recognition, despite ongoing allegations that the government has allowed Vietnam to encroach on Cambodian territory.

The border designation reflects one agreed to in a 1:25,000 scale map exchanged between Cambodia and Vietnam in a ceremony at the Moc Bai International Border Gate in southern Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province, on the border with Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province, on Aug. 1.

Speaking at Thursday’s distribution ceremony, Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh called the new map “historic” and of “significant importance” to the country.

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