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Annual Infrastructure Spending Must Top $500M, PM Says

Cambodia will need to spend between $500 million and $700 million annually on infrastructure to maintain its current rate of economic growth, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday, giving a special mention to China for its recent investments.

Dance Explores Power of Body Language in Telling Stories

A man sits on stage wearing a tie, white shirt and jacket. Then, one woman in a short dress appears with another in an eccentric outfit wearing an orange wig, and takes away his clothes.

Officials Set Ambitious Clean Water Targets

Phnom Penh will gain four new water treatment plants and 9 out of 10 Cambodians will have access to state-supplied clean water by 2025 under a proposal put forward by officials on Wednesday at the inauguration of a new facility in Phnom Penh.

PM Apologizes for Delay in Hosting SEA Games in Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday broke ground on a $175-million, Chinese-funded sports complex that will be used to host the 2023 SEA Games, apologizing to sports fans for the country being too busy rebuilding after war to host the games sooner.

Amid Threats to Its Existence, CNRP Seeks Bylaw Approval

After the Interior Ministry warned this week that it would not recognize the CNRP’s newly elected leaders because the opposition had violated its own bylaws in electing them, the party on Friday said it had asked the ministry to acknowledge its amended bylaws.

Hun Sen Accuses Analysts of Hypocrisy Over Leaks Criticism

Prime Minister Hun Sen accused analysts of hypocrisy on Friday for taking aim at the government over leaks of alleged telephone conversations between Cambodia’s political rivals, while staying silent over the surveillance techniques of the CIA.

Hun Sen Accuses Analysts of Hypocrisy Over Leaks Criticism

Prime Minister Hun Sen accused analysts of hypocrisy on Friday for taking aim at the government over leaks of alleged telephone conversations between Cambodia’s political rivals, while staying silent over the surveillance techniques of the CIA.

Jailed Deputy Commune Chief Quits Opposition, Joins CPP

A deputy commune chief jailed last month announced his resignation from the CNRP on Thursday to join the ruling party, and a relative of a second jailed opposition commune official said he was approached to defect, but rejected the offer.

Parties Pledge More Power For Women

For the ruling CPP, the promise was to appoint a woman as governor for one of the country’s 25 provinces. For the opposition CNRP, its boast was having 60 female commune chief candidates—up from fewer than 10—to run in Cambodia’s 1,646 communes for this year’s elections.

PM Defends Alcohol Culture at Brewery Event

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday defended the nation’s drinking culture, arguing that consuming alcohol was not unique to the current generation or the country, while also advising citizens not to drink and drive.

Hun Sen Threatens Prison for Aggressive NGOs and Journalists

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday threatened to jail journalists and NGO workers whose political analysis encroaches on others’ rights, and said critics should blame voters —not him—for his long tenure in power.

Hun Sen Claims Credit For Sokha’s CNRP Presidency

Prime Minister Hun Sen went into full attack mode on the opposition on Monday, claiming credit for installing CNRP President Kem Sokha, releasing more details of his contact with Mr. Sokha and criticizing former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy’s father, Sam Sary, as “a national traitor.”

PM Wants Chinese Support for New Ring Road

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked China to help pay for new bridges across the upper and lower Mekong River in Phnom Penh as part of a ring road project aimed at reducing traffic.

Careering Off-Script, Hun Sen Predicts Downfall of Europe

Mid-speech at the closing ceremony of the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s annual meeting on Thursday, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the cameras to be turned off and journalists to stop recording. He then pursued an exposition he had already been delivering for 20 minutes, predicting the downfall of the E.U. due to the terror of the Islamic State militant group.

Prime Minister Rails Against Deaths of Children in US Wars

Prime Minister Hun Sen has used an international conference to once again raise the issue of Cambodia’s war-era debt to the U.S. and attack the U.S. for killing children in wars waged in Cambodia and the Middle East.

PM Christens School With Warnings of War

With crucial local elections around the corner and a national contest set for next year, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday returned to warning Cambodians that a vote for anyone but the long-ruling CPP was a vote for plunging the country back into the bloody depths of civil war.

CPP Looks to Donald Trump’s Rhetoric on Media Relations

In a dovetailing of strongman rhetoric across continents, Prime Minister Hun Sen offered an unprompted explanation on Monday of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on the news media.

Hun Sen Promotes Peace, Produce on Path to Attracting 7M Tourists

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said the government was expecting tourism-sector job numbers to hit 1 million by 2020 to accommodate the more than 7 million visitors expected to visit Cambodia per year by the end of the decade.

CNRP Fast-Tracks Election of New President

The opposition CNRP will have a permanent new president by the end of the week, replacing recently resigned opposition leader Sam Rainsy, in order to ensure that the party can officially endorse candidates for commune elections in June.

Jailed Opposition Members Quit Over New Law

Three jailed opposition members handed in their resignations this week in response to a legal amendment that could result in the government dissolving political rivals over the crimes of their leaders. CNRP members Meach Sovannara and Um Sam An, who are both serving lengthy jail terms on charges widely perceived to be politically motivated, cited “personal reasons” in their Thursday resignation letters sent to the CNRP’s Secretary General, said Pol Ham, chairman of the party’s steering committee.

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Cambodia Joins China for Military Drills as US Relations Cool

Hundreds of Cambodian and Chinese soldiers began a 15-day joint military exercise in central Cambodia this week, involving live-fire rocket launches from helicopters, mock tank battles, and anti-terrorism and emergency relief training. China will reportedly also donate tanks and armored personnel carriers on the occasion.

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