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Hun Sen marks 33 years in power

Prime Minister Hun Sen marked 33 years in power yesterday, claiming he had maintained his tight grip on power through democratic, not dictatorial, means – while also lamenting that he was unable to step down due to the Kingdom’s needs.

Lessons in Luxury: How Cambodia’s new design destination is helping the planet

You have to be a bit crazy for people to take notice,” said hotel designer Bill Bensley, before I became the first journalist to check in to Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

‘I need my family’: how a refugee held on Nauru is struggling to make...

Abdullah hoped that moving to Cambodia under Australia’s refugee deal would allow him to be reunited with his family. But that has not happened.

Angkor Wat’s Muslims: The key to Cambodia’s halal tourism?

If you close your eyes and listen carefully at sunset in Siem Reap’s old town, between the rhythmic chants and tinkling bells emanating from the local Buddhist temples, you will hear the faint, melodious sound of the Muslim call to prayer.

Equitable Cambodia defamation convictions overturned

The Appeal Court this morning overturned defamation convictions for three staffers from NGO Equitable Cambodia (EC) brought by a former employee.

Why Cambodia Sanctions Will Fail

A punitive approach will not stop the country’s democratic collapse.

China pledges more investment in Cambodia, but is Phnom Penh selling itself short?

Observers consider what price the Southeast Asian nation might one day pay for Beijing’s support.

Cambodia and China: Rewriting (and Repeating) History

With China as his main patron, Hun Sen has conveniently forgotten its role in propping up the Pol Pot regime.

Exiled Cambodian opposition members set up new movement

Foreign-based members of Cambodia’s dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader and to call for free and fair elections and possibly protests.

Developing the Mekong

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is in Phnom Penh for the two-day Mekong River summit that begins this morning.

Australian accused of smuggling charged in Cambodia

Phnom Penh — An Australian woman arrested at Phnom Penh airport has been charged with drug trafficking by Cambodian authorities.

Cambodian Woman Given Year in Prison For Accusing Hun Sen of Kem Ley’s Murder

A court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh sentenced a Cambodian woman to a one-year jail term on Thursday for posting a video on her Facebook page accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of ordering the murder more than a year ago of government critic Kem Ley.

Analysis: Cambodia signing up for Chinese billions – at a price

Arriving in Phnom Penh in the midst of a political crackdown on dissent, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang showed no qualms about signing 19 major development deals yesterday with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, making it clear that Chinese aid to the Kingdom remains unaffected by human rights concerns.

China and Mekong Countries Adopt New River Plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong.

China Signs New Aid Agreements With Cambodia

Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts on Thursday in the latest sign of their strengthening relationship as Cambodia turns further away from Western donors.

Cambodia court delays Ricketson bail decision

Accused Australian spy James Ricketson walked into a Cambodian court on Wednesday, raised his cuffed hands and shouted "there is no evidence. I am treated like this all the time."

China, Asia Leaders Discuss Mekong Dam Projects

Leaders of nations along Southeast Asia's Mekong River gathered Wednesday in Cambodia's capital amid a push by China to build more dams that are altering the water flow and raising environmental concerns.

China’s Interest in Riverine Development Evident at Mekong River Summit

In March 2016, while chairing the first summit on the Beijing-initiated Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC), Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, in a speech, cited an anonymous Southeast Asian proverb: "When gentle breezes stick together, they can have the power of a typhoon."

Interview: ‘Democracy is Now Dead. We Are Finding Ways to Make it Alive Again’

Mu Sochua, vice president of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, escaped her country in early October 2017 ahead of warnings she would be arrested for conspiring with jailed party leader Kem Sokha to overthrow the Cambodian government. She spoke from exile to Vuthy Huot of RFA’s Khmer Service about the Hun Sen government’s pressure on CNRP members and her efforts to focus international attention on Cambodia’s political crisis.

Cambodia’s Ruling Party ‘Action Plan’ Outlines Strategy For Upcoming General Election

An “action plan” outlined by a member of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet ahead of Cambodia’s general election warns that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) must remove its “agents” from the opposition and should end support for smaller political parties in a bid to shore up power.