Japan Raises its Voice in Cambodia

Prime Minister Kishida delivers as Hun Sen looks to Tokyo for support.

Japanese soft power and political clout has always been underestimated, with its economic largesse, alliance with Washington, and influence among Western countries forming a backbone in Asian regional diplomacy that can be put to good use when needed.

Against that backdrop – and with much pomp – recently elected Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday for a two day visit and gifted his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen with a glad bag of political tidings.

Hun Sen asked Kishida to consider a free trade agreement, import more Cambodian agricultural products, and encourage Japanese companies – including Panasonic, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, and Yamaha – to set up factories here.

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2022/03/japan-raises-its-voice-in-cambodia/

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