Cambodia’s time as the chair of Asean has left the regional bloc less united than at any point in its 45-year history, experts said this week. And as Cambodia serves out its final weeks as Asean chair, the failure to address the concerns of regional members in their maritime disputes in the South China Sea [...]
Civil society groups yesterday mostly praised U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to press Prime Minister Hun Sen on election reforms and human rights when the two leaders met privately on the sidelines of the Asean Summit here on Monday. But they said Mr. Obama, who departed Tuesday, missed a “golden opportunity” to publicly address such [...]
Prime Minister Hun Sen ended the final event of Cambodia’s Asean chairmanship on Tuesday in tears, excusing himself from answering journalists’ questions due to exhaustion.
U.S. President Barack Obama's trips to Burma and Cambodia this week were both of a historic nature. But while the visit to Rangoon inspired a party-like atmosphere on the streets, Mr. Obama’s welcome in Phnom Penh only highlighted the widening gap between the two countries—in international perception at least.
Asean’s position on maritime disputes in the South China Sea fractured further yesterday as the Philippines identified Vietnam as the second country that had contested a claim by Cambodia that the regional bloc had reached consensus to not internationalize the issue.
Diplomatic tensions over contested territory in the South China Sea mounted again yesterday with Philippine President Benigno Aquino contesting comments made by Cambodia on Sunday that Asean states had unanimously agreed not to “internationalize” the dispute with China.
The SRP and anti-eviction activists yesterday released thousands of balloons from locations around the city calling on visiting U.S. President Barack Obama to help strengthen democracy and end land-grabbing in Cambodia.
Because his knowledge of human rights and democracy is largely academic, U.S. President Barack Obama is in no position to lecture Cambodia on these subjects during his visit to the country this week, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said yesterday.
U.S. President Barack Obama pressed Prime Minister Hun Sen on the government’s human rights record during a closed-door meeting between the two leaders in Phnom Penh yesterday, calling for fair elections and the release of all political prisoners.
Asean must be united as a regional bloc when dealing with China on the contentious issue of the South China Sea, a resource-rich area that was the site of a recent diplomatic standoff between Manila and Beijing, Surin Pitsuwan, Asean secretary-general, said Saturday.