Wednesday News Roundup

From National Public Radio
For Some Cambodian Refugees, Deportations And A Return To A Country They Fled
In two weeks, 39-year-old Rottanak Kong will board a plane to Cambodia. He’ll be accompanied by dozens of other Cambodians with deportation orders.

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From the Asia Sentinel
Cambodia’s Friend in Need
It has become an article of faith that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been able to belittle western donors, challenge the US to suspend aid and claim that doing so would only damage those who serve American interests because of the deep and growing involvement of China in Cambodia’s economy.

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The Diplomat
The Eternal Win-Wins of Hun Sen’s Power in Cambodia
There is some remarkable continuity in the rhetoric that the ruling party has adopted to sustain its legitimacy.

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From Radio Free Asia
Opposition Officials in Cambodia’s Kep Province Increasingly Pressured to Defect to Ruling Party
Opposition commune councilors in southern Cambodia’s Kep province are facing increasing pressure from local authorities to defect to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), they said Tuesday, including through 24-hour surveillance and restrictions on their freedom of movement.

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From ABC
Australia remains committed to refugee resettlement in Cambodia despite ‘concern for democracy’
Australia will continue to offer Cambodia as a resettlement option for refugees on Nauru, despite Canberra’s own concerns about the authoritarian slide of the kingdom.

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