Friday News Roundup

From the Diplomat
Cambodia Breaks With the West
Cambodia’s drastic renunciation of democracy in 2017 was accompanied by deteriorating relations with the US and EU.


From VOA
Hun Sen Claims Cambodia Can Survive Without ‘Oxygen’ of Trade With West
Hun Sen said his government was working to resist “negative influence” from the west while developing its agricultural sector, industry, and manufacturing.


From Radio Free Asia
Cambodian Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Refuses Questioning in Jail
Jailed Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha refused on Thursday to be questioned by court investigators in his prison cell in a remote corner of the country, instructing his attorney also to decline future sessions until he is transferred to a facility closer to his home in the capital Phnom Penh, his lawyer said today.


From VOA
Cambodia UN Delegation Defends Anti-Democratic Crackdown, Blames Former Opposition for Causing ‘Misunderstanding’
Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s delegation to the United Nations issued a strongly worded statement on Tuesday against a public forum organized by the United States and European Union which featured the daughter of jailed former opposition leader Kem Sokha.

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