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Hun Sen future-proofs Cambodia’s politics (Astrid Noren-Nilsson, East Asia Forum)

As 2021 drew to a close, three events seemed to encapsulate the state of Cambodia’s long-standing political camps: the announcement of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s successor, the splintering of the opposition and the death of Prince Norodom Ranariddh. Hun Sen future-proofs Cambodia’s politics | East Asia Forum

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Prospects for Cambodia’s chairing of ASEAN in 2022 (Riko Watanabe, East Asia Forum)

In October 2021, Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. In 2022, ASEAN will continue to be preoccupied with Myanmar’s political crisis and the international community’s criticism on the issue. ASEAN has taken modest but unrivalled measures in this regard. The ASEAN Summit on 24 April 2021 issued […]

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Voices of concern at ASEAN over Hun Sen’s Myanmar visit (Al Jazeera)

Malaysia’s foreign minister has said that some Southeast Asian countries had reservations about last week’s visit to Myanmar by Cambodia’s leader, with concerns the trip could be seen as regional recognition of military rule amid continuing opposition to the coup. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations […]

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Groundhog Day for Cambodia’s economic rebound (Heidi Dahles, East Asia Forum)

As 2020 drew to a close, major global finance authorities projected cautious optimism in their economic outlook for Cambodia in 2021. The profound impact of COVID-19 caused Cambodia’s economy to contract by 3.1 per cent in 2020, but Cambodia’s successful containment of the virus until that point meant that prospects of a sharp rebound of the economy […]

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In Cambodia, union arrests spotlight pressures on civil society (Andrew Haffner, Al Jazeera)

Before plainclothes police forced Chhim Sithar into an unmarked sedan within sight of the casino complex where she had worked last week, the Cambodian union leader had plenty of time to consider alternative courses of action. The president of the labour union at NagaWorld had been sought by police for her role in leading a […]

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Protests, anger as Hun Sen visits Myanmar’s military leaders (Al Jazeera)

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has landed in Myanmar ahead of a meeting with coup leader Min Aung Hlaing amid protests in Myanmar and criticism from civil rights groups over the trip, the first by a foreign leader since the military seized power almost a year ago. Hun Sen, who has all but wiped out […]

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Hun Sen set for Myanmar visit as envoy warns of looming civil war (Al Jazeera)

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is preparing for a visit to crisis-wracked Myanmar even as his top diplomat warned that the Southeast Asian country has “all the ingredients for civil war”. Hun Sen, whose country this year holds the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will visit Myanmar on Friday and […]

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Cambodia: Arrests of strikers may be breach of human rights law (UN News)

The arrest and detention of at least 29 casino union leaders and activists during a strike that began on New Year’s Eve in Cambodia, may represent a breach of human rights law, independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday. Cambodia: Arrests of strikers may be breach of human rights law  | | UN News

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Hun Sen’s all-encompassing rule of Cambodia (Mark Tilly, The Interpreter)

While Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has kept the artifice of democracy in the country, with local commune elections to be held next year, his rule has been defined by illustrations of just how easily he can seize an opportunity to further secure and solidify his family’s power. On 2 December the strongman gave a speech announcing […]

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Cambodia is China’s leverage point on ASEAN (Davis Florick, East Asia Forum)

Chinese interference has negatively impacted Cambodian politics and allowed Prime Minister Hun Sen to lean more fully into authoritarianism. As illiberalism calcifies in Cambodia, the country grows further isolated from the international community — making it further dependent on China and unlikely to escape Beijing’s influence in the short- or medium-term. Cambodia is China’s leverage […]

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Approaches to Strengthening Fisheries Financing and Institutional Mechanisms: A Cross-Country Comparison of Cambodia, India, and Indonesia (ADBI)

Using marine resources in a healthy and sustainable manner is at the center of building a blue economy that will make “Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water” achievable. Fisheries and aquaculture sectors alone provide employment for and support the livelihoods of more than 200 million people worldwide, besides providing food and nutrition for billions. […]

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US tightens curbs as Cambodia moves closer into China’s embrace (Andrew Nachemson, Al Jazeera)

The United States has announced new restrictions on Cambodia, including an arms embargo, citing the “growing influence” of the Chinese military, as well as corruption and human rights abuses. The State Department imposed an arms embargo while the Commerce Department announced new trade restrictions on military and dual-use items that may be used for civilian or military […]