Cambodia

Hun Sen takes on the EU

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s battle with the European Union (EU) intensified this week after he threatened to act out against the country’s opposition should the EU follow through with its proposed withdrawal of trade benefits.

15 January 2019
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Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage

Bopha should be in school but instead toils seven days a week in a searing brick kiln on the outskirts of Phnom Penh – a 14-year-old trapped in debt bondage in a boom industry preying on the poverty of Cambodia's farmers.

6 January 2019
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Cambodia's surrogate mothers risk jail

Pregnant and scared, Yin hides in a house on the outskirts of Phnom Penh - one of an untold number of Cambodian surrogate mothers risking jail time for lucrative pay-outs from Chinese clients.

22 December 2018
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Cambodia hails opening of country's largest dam

Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday opened the country's largest hydropower scheme, swatting aside dire warnings about the environmental impact of the US$780 million project and its effect on local communities.

19 December 2018
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A hard test of mettle

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen recently revealed that he will be asking for a royal decree to grant permission for more than 100 senior members of the now-dissolved opposition party, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to re-enter politics based on

17 December 2018
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Cambodia’s ambitious tourism plans

Last week, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed that the number of tourists visiting Cambodia had increased substantially over the years and now the country is expecting 12 million tourists by 2025.

7 December 2018
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Studying is hard in Cambodia

Cambodian Senate president Say Chhum recently encouraged the country’s youth to study hard in order to become future leaders.

1 December 2018
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The grass in Vietnam may not be that green

In the Southeast Asian region, loss of area under natural forests is largely driven by natural resources extraction and demand for more land for production of food and other commodities.

28 November 2018
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Feeding Singapore’s hunger for sand

Sand mining for reclamation of coastal areas is both, a geopolitical and conservation issue for the Southeast Asian region, with many of the more developed countries in the bloc playing culprits.

26 November 2018
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The dangers of cornering Hun Sen

Soon after November rolled in, reports surfaced of a bet between Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and Cambodian National Rescue Movement (CNRM) leader Sam Rainsy on the fate of former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha, who is on bai

20 November 2018
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Cambodia says no China naval base being built

Cambodia will not allow foreign military bases on its soil, strongman premier Hun Sen said Monday, swatting away United States (US) concerns about a possible Chinese naval site near hotly contested seas.

20 November 2018
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