Murphy will face a government that has pivoted towards China, which has invested billions of dollars and provided geopolitical cover for Cambodia’s poor human rights record.
China’s agreement to invest almost $300million in Cambodia, a deal which will give it an important military foothold in the region and access the strategically important Gulf of Thailand, has put it on a collision course with the United States and Australia.
Cambodia’s Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday warned the public not to fall victim to “propaganda” from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and protest the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which he said had won the right to govern through legitimate elections.
Acting opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Sam Rainsy has walked back plans to return to Cambodia from self-imposed exile by late next month, but said he plans to travel there before “the end of the year,” despite the threat of prison.
Thailand’s foreign ministry had no immediate reaction Friday to reports that the country’s former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been granted Serbian citizenship, joining her brother as a fugitive globe-trotting Thai with foreign nationality.
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An intense diplomatic effort is under way to overturn "seriously disturbing" plans for a new Chinese military base after the Australian government concluded that it does not believe public denials of the deal by Beijing and Cambodia.
Treason charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha will not be dropped unless his legal team produces “new and convincing evidence” to prove his innocence, Cambodia’s Ministry of Justice said Thursday.
President Maithripala Sirisena began his four-day state visit to Cambodia today(August 07).
The soap opera that is contemporary US-Cambodian relations continues to deliver surprising plot twists.
The new US ambassador to Cambodia said he will "advocate for reconciliation, adherence to the principles enshrined in the Cambodian Constitution and efforts to protect the country’s sovereignty".
The United States has welcomed assurances by Cambodia that it will not permit China to construct naval facilities on its territory, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Bangkok on Friday following meetings of ASEAN foreign ministers in the Thai capital.
China’s dangerous military expansionism depends on compliant local regimes and inaction on the part of the international community. In the case of Cambodia, which has reportedly given China rights to a naval base, the international community should demand a new general election that does not exclude real challengers.
W. Patrick Murphy, a Vermont-raised diplomat with an expertise in Southeast Asia, has been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, a country that has retreated from its decades-long experiment with democracy as it sidles up to regional superpower China.
U.S. embassy officials in Cambodia can leave if they do not like it there, a Cambodian government spokesman said on Thursday, following criticism by U.S. diplomats that the Southeast Asian nation’s 2018 election was deeply flawed.
Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), failed to appear at court for questioning on Wednesday concerning a complaint filed by Minister of Interior Sar Kheng.
The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh marked the first anniversary Tuesday of national elections conducted under a ban of Cambodia’s main opposition party with a statement calling the vote “deeply flawed” and urging Hun Sen’s regime to “take tangible actions to restore democracy.”
Having represented the interests of Cambodia in human rights litigation brought by Cambodia’s political opponents in federal courts, I want to offer some insight into the U.S. – Cambodia relationship in light of current events to help strengthen this relationship.
Cambodian authorities Tuesday arrested Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) activist Mai Hongsreang, marking the 14th such arrest of activists associated with the banned political party.
Lawmakers hope the Senate would pass and send the bill to President Donald Trump to sign later this year.