Cambodia and ASEAN Chairmanship 2022: Opportunities and Preparedness in the Process of ASEAN Political-Security Community Building

Cambodia was the last country to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on April 30, 1999. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen, who brought Cambodia into ASEAN, mentioned four main factors that make Cambodia a member of ASEAN: (1) Non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, through which ASEAN has become an[…]

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Cambodia and the US: Ties to be Mended, Trust to be Restored

The first direct official diplomatic relations between Cambodia and the US were established in July 1950. The diplomatic relations between the two countries have lasted for more than 70 years. However, these relations seem not to be matured enough for their age. These relations have been complicated and unpredictable since before and after Cambodia gained independence. Over the past 70[…]

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An Overview of 65 Years of Cambodia-Russia Relations

13 May marks the 65th anniversary of Cambodia-Russia relations. Looking back 65 years ago, on 13 May 1956, Cambodia and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. Over the 65 years, the relations between Cambodia and the Soviet Union then the Russian Federation have been impacted by national as well as regional and global politics. Despites geographical partition and distance, people[…]

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Cambodia-Singapore: 55 years after diplomatic ties

Historically, Singapore has been a time-tested friend of Cambodia. Diplomatic relations between  two countries were established on 10 August 1965, -a day after Singapore  gained independence making the Kingdom of Cambodia one of the very first countries to recognize the independent Republic of Singapore. The diplomatic ties were cut off in 1975, and were resumed on 18 January 1992. However,[…]

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Cambodia-China Relations in the New Decade

The world is embarking in a new decade and one topic scholars around the world discuss is the future of China and its relations to other countries. China’s influence in Cambodia has drastically increased over the last two decades, in particular when it comes to FDI and military cooperation, and has led to tensions with the USA but also to[…]

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Community responsible for subregional interests in Mekong-Lancang

The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) mechanism is a cooperation mechanism in line with the current trend of globalisation and integration. The MLC aims to promote comprehensive cooperation to build a community of responsibilities and common interests in the subregion. In addition, the MLC also has other goals including strengthening mutual trust and understanding, maintaining peace and stability, promoting sustainable development, reducing poverty,[…]

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Mekong region facing serious drought

According to recent Mekong River Commission (MRC) studies, the frequency and severity of droughts across the Mekong basin has increased over the past few decades. The upper reaches of the Mekong are witnessing an unprecedented spectacle when the water level is at its lowest in history, even though it is the rainy season. Downstream, the concern that floodwaters will not[…]

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Asean’s response to Covid-19

Right after assuming the chairmanship of Asean in 2020, Vietnam has been challenged by the outbreak of Covid-19 disease. Regional response to the disease has been coordinated and collective efforts have been taken. On February 15, Asean issued a statement calling for regional solidarity and enhanced spirit “cohesive and responsive” Asean in addressing Covid-19. At the special meeting between the[…]

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ASEAN: Actively adapting to the hottest and most practical issues

As Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung – Head of Asean Senior Officials (SOM) affirmed, with the theme “cohesive”, Vietnam wishes to consolidate the solidarity of the Asean, enhance internal capacity and promote the strong development of the Asean community. As for “responsive”, Vietnam wishes to enhance the capacity of Asean to adapt proactively and effectively to the[…]

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