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ASEAN Turns to China, India and Free Trade

Southeast Asian countries will work more closely with new powers China and India to counter the pressure of protectionism and ensure continued growth, Singapore prime minister said Saturday.

ASEAN Leaders Warned on IS Threats

The prime minister of Singapore says the Islamic State still poses "very real" threats to the ASEAN region, despite the group's defeat in the Middle East.

Cambodia TV Station Forms Unusual Partnership with China

NICE TV is a new television station in Cambodia with an unusual business model.

Nice TV Highlights Ties Between Cambodia, China

The blossoming friendship between China and the Cambodian government has become so close that a Chinese majority-owned, Khmer Language television station has built studios directly inside the Ministry of Interior in Phnom Penh. It’s a peculiar joint venture that comes as western-backed news outfits are being shutdown or harassed ahead of a national election in July.

Cambodia Faces ‘Dark Episode’ With Revival of Traditional Arts, Culture

When she was 11, Bonna Neang woke daily at first light to a Khmer Rouge tune broadcast over a public speaker in a hamlet in Cambodia’s rural Banteay Meanchey province.

Solar Surge Threatens Hydro Future on Mekong

Thousands of megawatts of wind and solar energy contracts in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia have been signed, seriously challenging the financial viability of major hydropower projects on the river, an energy expert told a water conference last week.

Cambodia Launches First Airport Railway Service

Cambodia has launched the first railway service linking Phnom Penh International Airport to the capital.

Cambodian Expats Urge General Election Boycott

The World Khmer Conference participants also demanded the immediate release of Kem Sokha and other political prisoners and called for free and fair elections.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Seeks Free, Fair Cambodia Polls

Japan's foreign minister on Sunday urged Cambodia to hold free and fair elections but didn't comment on the Cambodian government's actions against its political opponents during talks with the Southeast Asian nation's long-serving prime minister, Hun Sen.

Cambodia’s Former Opposition Leader Calls for Election Boycott

Cambodia's former opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, called on Sunday for Cambodians to boycott a general election set for July 29 if his dissolved party isn't allowed to take part.

Cambodia Invites International Observers to Monitor Election

Cambodia’s national election body has invited international observers to monitor the July general election, widely expected to be a landslide victory for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and Prime Minister Hun Sen because the main opposition party was dissolved last year.

Cambodian-Born US Man Deported Back to Country He Doesn’t Remember

Stafford, Virginia — A 42-year-old man who spent most of his life in the United States has been deported back to his native Cambodia. Read...

Mekong Leaders Mostly Mum on Risks Tied to Intense Damming

Presented with "frightening" possibilities due to intense damming, the leaders of the Mekong River Commission member countries gave little sign Thursday they had heeded calls to rethink a fundamental water policy for the shared waterway, with the exception of Vietnam.

Giving World’s Unfamiliar Music the Exposure It Deserves

Record producer, Ian Brennan, and his wife Marilena Delli, a photographer and documentary filmmaker, are on a quest for the unknown and unfamiliar. Their passion for discovering uniqueness in human stories and music has taken them to far-flung places around the world, from Malawi to record songs by prisoners, to rural Rwanda and Cambodia to give voice to genocide survivors.

Trump Blasts California Governor’s Immigrant Pardons

President Donald Trump blasted California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday for his pardon of five ex-convicts facing deportation, including two who fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia with their families four decades ago.

Cambodian-American Family Pursues Legal Battle Against Deportation

The family of a Cambodian-American jailed awaiting deportation last year are appealing the deportation order after a district court ruled his planned December deportation should be postponed.

Mixed Opinions on Vietnam’s Historical Role in Cambodia Spark Debate

A Cambodia researcher has said that Vietnam took a risk by supporting Prime Minister Hun Sen but saw him as an intelligent and capable leader who could support their narrative of liberation from the Khmer Rouge.

Mekong Nation Leaders to Hold Summit Amid Concerns About Dams

Amid worry about the impact hydropower dams are having on the economically and environmentally critical Mekong River, leaders of four Southeast Asian nations dependent on its waters are scheduled to convene a summit early next month to reaffirm their "political commitment" to a 1995 cooperative agreement.

Bloody Crackdown Linked to Family of Cambodian PM’s Wife

A company connected to a bloody March 9 crackdown in Cambodia when security forces shot protesters after burning homes to the ground is headed by nieces of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife, Bun Rany, according to Cambodian government records.

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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National Assembly Boycott Signals Tougher Diplomatic Stance

When the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) boycotted the opening of parliament following the 2013 national election, diplomats from countries that support democracy were left in a bind: should they attend an event that would legitimize what many viewed as a stolen election or ignore an invitation from the head of state who had accepted their credentials?

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