Thursday News Roundup

From Reuters
US urges Cambodia to reverse steps against democracy
Phnom Penh: The United States has called on Cambodia to reverse steps that “backtracked on democracy” before a general election next year, a visiting US official said on Wednesday.

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From Radio Free Asia
US Lawmakers Call For Sanctions List, Review of Trade With Cambodia Amid Crackdown
The Committee on Foreign Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives has called for a list of individuals and businesses in Cambodia who should be subject to sanctions and plans to review trade agreements with the country as part of a bid to pressure its government to reverse restrictions on democracy ahead of a general election next year.

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From Southeast Asia Globe
Cambodian PM appoints son to head academy that will train spies fighting terrorism
The move is seen by analysts as part of Hun Sen’s continuing push to eliminate dissent and opposition in a country where opposition figures have been silenced.

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From the Diplomat
Joint Patrols Put Vietnam-Cambodia Military Ties in the Headlines
A recent interaction offered a glimpse into a more sensitive area of bilateral relations.

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From the Asia Foundation
Unlikely Counterparts: Lessons from Cambodia and South Korea on Women in the Workforce
At first glance, working women in Cambodia and Korea wouldn’t appear to have much in common: Korea is, after all, one of the world’s most educated nations, with women achieving near equal education rates as men. However, a closer look reveals some unlikely similarities between the two countries, as well as some surprising contrasts.

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