Japan hosts Cambodian leader Hun Sen’s son amid bid to ‘balance China’s influence’

The visit by Hun Manet, Hun Sen’s son and heir, comes as Japan seeks deeper ties with Cambodia to keep China’s regional security expansion in check.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son and heir Hun Manet began his visit to Tokyo on Monday with a meeting with Japan’s foreign minister, where both agreed to cooperate on the worsening political and human rights crisis in Myanmar.

No details were given on how they would achieve this but Hun Manet, who is commander of Cambodia’s army, accompanied his father to Naypyidaw last month in an effort to engage the generals who seized power in February last year.

The visit caused a stir as it was unsanctioned by Asean, which has sought to compel junta chief Min Aung Hlaing to abide by a five-point peace plan agreed last April. Cambodia is chair of the Asean bloc this year and will on Thursday host a meeting of foreign ministers in Siem Reap.

In full: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3167069/japan-hosts-cambodian-leader-hun-sens-son-amid-bid-balance

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