Monday News Roundup

From IPP Review

Will Cambodia Become a Battlefield of a New Cold War?

By Sovinda Po

“Recently, the arrest of an opposition leader and the closure of an American-funded democracy institution sparked debate about the future direction of Cambodia’s foreign policy. Will Cambodia be caught in a new Cold War between China and the US?”


From RFA

Interview: ‘Hun Sen Cannot be Allowed to do Whatever he Wants’

By Chun Chanboth

“Former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Sam Rainsy, who has been forced to live in exile since 2015 in the face of questionable defamation charges made against him, has been traveling abroad to lobby world governments to put pressure on Cambodian government to halt Prime Minister Hun Sen’s harsh crackdown on the opposition ahead of July 2018 elections. He spoke with RFA Khmer Service reporter Chun Chanboth from Rome, Italy on Friday.”


From The Telegraph

Boris Johnson to face calls to tackle Cambodia over human rights crisis

By Nicola Smith

“Boris Johnson is to face calls to slap targeted sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation amid its worst human rights crisis in two years.”


From Council on Foreign Relations

Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

By Joshua Kurlantzick

“President Trump’s administration appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia—but it should be, for economic and security reasons.”


From The Diplomat

A Tale of Two Kingdoms: Thailand and Cambodia

By Samuel Macrae

“The Thai and Cambodian monarchies follow starkly different paths. Neither has led to democratic development.”


From Reuters

Cambodia Deports 61 Telecom Extortion Scam Suspects

By Prak Chan Thul

“Cambodia police on Saturday deported 61 Chinese nationals wanted in China on suspicion of extorting money over the internet and by phone, they said, but Taiwan said 19 were from Taiwan.”


From CNA

MOFA protests Cambodia’s decision to deport fraud suspects to China

By Elaine Hou, Miao Zong-han, and Kuan-lin Liu

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has protested the Cambodian government’s decision to send 19 Taiwanese nationals suspected of telecom fraud to China, asking instead that they be sent back to Taiwan, a MOFA spokesman said Saturday.”

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