Cambodia, Thailand and dealing with China: The more things change…

New prime ministers might be in the job, but don’t expect any big shifts in approaches to Beijing.

For a man who had vowed to retire by the age of 90, Hun Sen’s abrupt decision to step down this month, barely a few weeks after winning a national election and after almost four decades in power, seemed to arrive a tad early.

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen – the lengthy title equivalent to Supreme Lord – turned 71 in early August, but has now handed the reins to his son and heir, Hun Manet, as Cambodia’s next prime minister.

But this is not the only regional power transition.

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