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Was Cambodia Ever Really a Democracy?

The coup of July 1997 cemented Hun Sen’s grip over the country, and it’s never wavered since.

Cambodia and Vietnam in the US-China Trade War: Not All Good News

Both countries face opportunities, but investors cannot overlook the lingering risks.

The Chinese resort in Cambodia that can overnight be turned into a naval base

Amid increasing military ties between China & Cambodia, US Vice-President Mike Pence has raised concerns that these facilities could be put to naval use.

Hong Kong and Cambodia: a common cause

After relentless protests, the Hong Kong administration was forced to cave in, shelving a contentious extradition bill that would have seen people transferred out of the city to any jurisdiction, including mainland China.

What’s With Cambodia’s New Huawei Undersea Cable Deal Chatter?

A closer look at the context and significance of a recent development.

Hun Manet Introductory Visit Highlights Singapore-Cambodia Relations

The trip put the focus on some of the broader developments in the bilateral relationship.

In the drivers’ seat: why the ILO should care about the commute

Harassment on the way to and from work is part of the job for many women. It doesn't have to be.

Rising concern in Cambodia over immigrant workers

Inflows from China and elsewhere need better control and supervision.

Is it ‘fair’ to punish Cambodians for gov’t’s actions?

After I published yet another story in Asia Times last week on the possibility of Cambodia being removed from the United States’ and European Union’s preferential trade deals (the GSP and EBA respectively, which grant quota and tariff-free status to some Cambodian exports), I received a message on Twitter posing a question I realize I haven’t yet tried to tackle.

Hun Manet: The Next Prime Minister of Cambodia?

The issue of succession continues to loom large in Cambodia’s politics.

EU, US pressing towards Cambodia trade reprisals

Coordinated withdrawal of Cambodia’s EU and US tariff-free trade privileges would devastate crucial garment exports and flatten the economy.

US, China tensions put Cambodia in potential peril

US concerns about an emerging China-backed facility in Cambodia could put the nation in the middle of an emerging new Cold War.

Cambodia: Over 145 Opposition Members Summoned

End Renewed Crackdown on Dissolved Party

Hun Sen’s Cambodia could be in trouble

There is growing concern about the European Union’s (EU) proposed suspension of its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement with Cambodia, a move which could set the country back years.

The new trend of parent care in Cambodia

“It is traditional Asian culture, [that] when children are young, parents look after them, and when parents are old, their children look after them. Children are taught to respect elders, stay with them and care for them when they get old.”

Rethinking Cambodia’s Foreign Policy towards China and the West

As the US-China trade war appears to be further escalating, Cambodia should rethink its foreign policy towards China and the West.

How luxury travel can ease damaging effects of overtourism

As increasing levels of mass tourism in Cambodia’s major cities threaten to place strains on local infrastructure, representatives from the luxury travel industry offer a model of high-value, low-volume tourism they believe is key to preserving the Kingdom’s natural splendour.

Will ‘Made in China’ come to an end?

Manufacturing is the foundation of an economy and has an important role in the history of industrial development. It is also seen as an engine of economic growth.

Minimum wage won’t fix Cambodia’s construction sector

Currently, discussions about the rights and well-being of the working class in Cambodia are centered on the minimum wage.

Why a New Trade Pact Could be the Carrot the EU Needs in Cambodia

The idea of such a pact is one such way for the EU to offer carrots, rather than just sticks, that can help it achieve its reform objectives in the country.

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Cambodia’s Military to Arrest Acting CNRP Chief Sam Rainsy Upon Return:...

Acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy will be arrested by the military upon setting foot inside Cambodia, Minister of Defense Tea Banh said Tuesday, prompting the exiled opposition chief to appeal to security forces to “turn their rifles” on their superiors in revolt.