Prime Minister Hun Sen’s official visits to Lao PDR and Vietnam last week signifies a new era in Cambodia’s foreign policy priorities.
Rich in history and cultural assets, Cambodia has a great potential and comparative advantage to expand its international networks of friendship and partnerships through cultural diplomacy, and project its soft power based on the contribution to human civilisation.
For more than a decade, Cambodia has had excellent trade ties with the EU, registering some 5.8 billion euros ($6.56 billion) worth of exports in 2017, compared with a mere 837 million euros ($947 million) in 2007.
In 2015, the Cambodian government’s set target of exporting one million tons of rice fell short the moment it was announced.
For Cambodia, EBA provides a lot of benefits to the agriculture industry, in particular, rice and a number of other potential products.
Before the 1980s, Chinese foreign aid primarily served a political purpose, whereas since the 1990s, it also has been driven by commercial interests.
Asia is one of the largest contributors to global economic growth but there is a Catch-22 situation. The higher the economic growth from increases in investment, the higher will be the current account deficit.
Cambodia’s foreign policy stance is now more assertive after the formation of the new government in the sixth legislature. Prime Minister Hun Sen is determined not to tolerate international pressures and intervention, especially with regards to democracy and human rights.
Next week Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be on a state visit to Beijing, to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping. If the visit succeeds, it could be a significant game-changer in the region and beyond. Shiro Armstrong tells why.
Two countries in Asean have now been accorded pariah-like status in what seems to be clear double standards practiced by the EU.
Cambodia’s foreign policy has been robustly reformed after a leadership change in 2016. Over the past two years, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and his team have taken concrete measures to enhance institutional capacity.
Maintaining a flexible, stable equilibrium between key strategic and economic partners is a matter of long-term survival for a small nation like Cambodia.
The essence of Industry 4.0’s vision is the “Internet of Things” – the ubiquitous connection of people, things and machines – and Blockchain – a technology that enables the decentralised and secure storage and transfer of information.
The power shifts are real and Asean needs to adjust to survive and stay relevant.
The release on bail of Kem Sokha was a milestone in promoting national reconciliation after more than a year of political tensions.
The much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle to kick off the sixth mandate of the Royal Government turned from a rumble on the Mekong to mere poof that it is business-as-usual – consolidating the success of conservatives in their positions.
Events over the weekend were interesting as there were sweeping changes in the Ministry of Interior, where up to 10 senior officials were asked to retire and new ones installed.
China’s economic power and influence can be a source for sustainable development in Cambodia, but for this to happen requires strong leadership from both countries.
Intra-party politics and power struggles are the main causes explaining the downfall of the party.
Cambodia is a post-conflict country. It remains a young modern state with a democratic system.
Politics is the art of the impossible. Prime Minister Hun Sen is the master of power politics otherwise he could not have stayed in power for more than three decades.
In our previous editorials, we stressed that “transformative leadership” was required to address national issues, some of them chronic and some emerging.
While Prime Minister Hun Sen may be inclined to adopt some measures of “old wine in a new bottle”, the fact that some party seniors are talking about “old wine in an old bottle” is troubling to say the least.
As Prime Minister Hun Sen moves with remarkable speed and determination to establish the new cabinet of the 6th mandate of Royal Government, the line up of the cabinet itself is shrouded in secrecy.
Public debates on Japan’s position on Cambodia’s July election have gained steam after Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono reportedly expressed his “disappointment” over the July 29 election.
The Cambodian ruling elites were relieved to learn that the voter turnout rate was much higher than expected and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) received an unprecedented victory in the “controversial” 6th parliamentary election.
Cambodia has been the contesting ground of major powers and now it seems to be the beginning for a new Cold War provoked by some Western countries as they ignore the realities in the Kingdom.
Last Sunday’s national election was stunning in terms of a high voter turnout rate and landslide victory of the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
The former CNRP opposition and fugitive self-exiled politician Sam Rainsy tried their best to scuttle Cambodia’s sixth general election and failed miserably.
The US House of Representatives passed the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018 (H.R. 5754) on Wednesday, with a strategic intention to undermine hard-earned peace and democracy in Cambodia and the region.