Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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Banned Opposition Party Sets September For Sam Rainsy Return to Cambodia

Cambodia’s exiled acting opposition chief Sam Rainsy has agreed to return to the country in September, following a decision by fellow party executives to go home to restore democracy in the authoritarian Southeast Asian country, while the government said it has arrest warrants ready for him.

Landslide for CPP in polls

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won 4,034 of 4,114 seats in this year’s third mandate municipal, provincial, town and district council elections, while the other six parties received limited support.

Cambodia’s noodle war: strongman Hun Sen wants people to slurp for him, not rival

Cambodia’s opposition has called on supporters to eat Khmer noodles, in public together as a way to evade a ban on political gatherings.

Scholar: Vietnamese army instrumental in changing Cambodia history

The Vietnamese army was instrumental in defeating the Khmer Rouge regime, changing history in Cambodia, according to Executive Director of the Documentation Centre of Cambodia Youk Chhang.

Cambodia, Singapore Agree to be ‘Good Neighbors’ After History Flap-Phnom Penh FM

Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn said on Friday that he agreed with his Singaporean counterpart that the two Southeast Asian states remain “good neighbors” despite differing views over Vietnam’s role in Cambodia 40 years ago.

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.

Singapore PM Stirs Flap in Cambodia by Bringing up Vietnam’s 1979 Invasion

Cambodian officials are bristling this week after a recent remark by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recalling Vietnam’s January 1979 invasion and decade-long occupation of Cambodia.

China’s Southeast Asian Neighbors Mixed on Huawei For 5G Networks Amid Security Concerns

China’s Southeast Asian neighbors have expressed mixed interest in offers by telecom giant Huawei to roll out mobile wireless 5G networks and other products in their countries, amid concerns over the firm’s links to Beijing and how its technology could compromise national security.

Chinese Defense Minister Denies “Military Presence in Cambodia”

However, he did not give a direct answer to the question of whether China “is seeking” to have a future military presence in Cambodia, which is increasingly getting close to Beijing.

Youths to Hold Story-Telling Event on ‘Wonders of the Mekong’

Dozens of Cambodian youths are coming together to raise public awareness about the environmental threats facing the life-giving river.

Hun Sen cites ‘complex challenges’ at Future of Asia conference in Tokyo

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Cambodia is ready to contribute to promoting globalisation and a rule-based free trade system aimed at providing fair benefits for all.

Gov’t allows VoA to open a representative bureau

The Ministry of Information agreed in principle on Thursday to allow Voice of America (VoA) to open its representative office in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Dismisses Calls For Resignation, Vows to ‘Wage War’ on Opposition

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday brushed aside calls by members of the Cambodian diaspora in Japan to resign, pledging instead to “wage war” against his country’s banned opposition party and vowing to “destroy” its acting president, Sam Rainsy.

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.

Hun Sen To Deliver Keynote in Japan on Search for A “New World Order”

Dr. Chheang Vannrith, director of Asian Vision, told VOA Khmer that the premier will also likely discuss role of ASEAN in the context of this new global order as well as Cambodia’s policy of neutrality.

The Monks Community Forest — a battlefield jungle turned nature preserve

Story told in a film released Monday to mark Remembrance Day.

Cambodian PM’s party wins most votes in local council elections

The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen won the most votes in the third mandate elections for municipal, provincial, town and district councilors on Sunday, according to preliminary results released by the National Election Committee (NEC).

Cambodian PM to pay working visit to Japan next week

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will pay a working visit to Japan from May 29 to 31, according to a foreign ministry's statement on Saturday.

140 Ex-Opposition Members Summoned by Courts: Rights Group

Dozens of former CNRP members have been summoned in recent weeks, as the CPP government continues to pressure the opposition.

Cambodia Cracking Down on Noodle Dinners Attended by Opposition Supporters

Authorities in Cambodia are cracking down on noodle dinners attended by supporters of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in what analysts and rights groups say signals political paranoia on the part of Prime Minister and his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

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Over a thousand tonnes of plastic waste found recently imported into Cambodia’s port city of Sihanoukville were brought into the country without the knowledge of Cambodian authorities, a senior customs official said on Monday.