Anti-Western and hyper macho, Putin’s appeal in Southeast Asia

AljazeeraSoviet-era nostalgia and anti-Western sentiment fuel online support for Russia’s Vladimir Putin and his war on Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks through the scope as he shoots a Chukavin sniper rifle (SVC-380) during a visit to the military Patriot Park in Kubinka, outside Moscow, in September 2018 [File: Alexey Nilkolsky/Sputnik/ AFP]
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks through a scope as he shoots a Chukavin sniper rifle (SVCh-380) during a visit to the military Patriot Park in Kubinka, outside Moscow, in September 2018 [File: Alexey Nilkolsky/Sputnik/ AFP]

By Al Jazeera Staff

Published On 18 Nov 202218 Nov 2022

While the West has united in condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, opinions differ markedly in parts of the developing world where Russia is not reviled but revered for what some see as its stance against the West and its hypocrisies.

In Southeast Asia, a region dominated for decades by “strongman” political leaders and where nostalgia for the Soviet Union persists in some quarters, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a strong following among social media users who are sympathetic to his invasion of Ukraine and find his macho self-image appealing.

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China Announces New ASEAN Belt & Road Initiative Projects Centered Around Cambodia

The Phnom Penh-Bavet Highway which will ultimately link the Cambodian and Vietnamese capital cities

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The 2022 ASEAN summit took place at the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, this past weekend, with China as an official guest. At the event, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced Beijing’s approval of Chinese investment in significant infrastructure projects in the ASEAN region.  

Among these is a US$1.6 billion expressway to be built from Phnom Penh to Bavet, at the Cambodian-Vietnamese border, and financial support for a rail link between Phnom Penh, Bangkok, and Vientiane, Laos, from which a high-speed rail link has already been constructed into China. 

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Cambodian mega dam’s resurrection on the Mekong ‘the beginning of the end’

mongabay – by Gerald FlynnNehru Pry on 15 September 2022

  • Cambodian authorities have greenlit studies for a major hydropower dam on the Mekong River in Stung Treng province, despite a ban on dam building on the river that’s been in place since 2020.
  • Plans for the 1,400-megawatt Stung Treng dam have been around since 2007, but the project, under various would-be developers, has repeatedly been shelved over criticism of its impacts.
  • This time around, the project is being championed by Royal Group, a politically connected conglomerate that was also behind the hugely controversial Lower Sesan 2 dam on a tributary of the Mekong, prompting fears among local communities and experts alike.
  • This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Investigations Network where Gerald Flynn is a fellow.

STUNG TRENG, Cambodia — A long-dormant plan to build a mega dam on the mainstream of the Mekong River in Cambodia’s northeastern Stung Treng province appears to have been revived this year, leaving locals immediately downstream of the potential sites worried and experts confounded.

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Việt Nam cần bảo vệ dòng Sê Kông vì lợi ích của chính mình

IUCN – 27 Th9, 2021

Trong 18 tháng vừa qua, do sự hạn chế đi lại của đại dịch Covid, sự quan tâm chú ý đến các vấn đề môi trường trong khu vực ở hầu hết các khía cạnh đều ít nhiều bị hạn chế hoặc lơ là. Đây có thể là lý do vì sao chúng ta đã không kịp nhận biết khi một doanh nghiệp nhà nước của Việt Nam, Công ty Xây dựng Sông Đà 6, khởi động việc xây dựng đập Sê Kông A (hay còn gọi là đập Sê Kông 1) tại CNDCND Lào.

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Photo: Sekong river in Stung Treng, Cambodia © Center for People and Nature

Nếu được xây dựng ở vị trí này trên dòng chính sông Sê Kông, con đập sẽ cắt hầu hết sự kết nối của Sê Kông với dòng chính Mê Công, và vì vậy sẽ chặn đứng sự di cư của nhiều loài cá lên vùng sinh sản ở thượng nguồn. Sông Sê Kông là dòng nhánh lớn cuối cùng trong hệ thống sông Mê Công hầu như còn chảy thông suốt và việc xây dựng đập Sê Kông A sẽ đe dọa trực tiếp đến trữ lượng cá và an ninh lương thực khu vực: https://nhipcaudautu.vn/phong-cach-song/dap-se-kong-1-de-doa-dong-bang-song-cuu-long-3323435/.

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The Roots of Cambodia’s Actions against Illegal Vietnamese Immigrants

ISEAS – 1-8-2022- Jing Jing Luo and Kheang Un

Since 2015, the Cambodian government has been addressing the politically and diplomatically sensitive issue of illegal Vietnamese immigrants through methods such as documentation, deportation, eviction, relocation and registration. In this picture, Cambodia’s Prime minister Hun Sen (R) and his then Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) inspect the guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on 4 October 2019. Photo: Nhac NGUYEN/AFP.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Since 2015, the Cambodian government has been addressing the politically and diplomatically sensitive issue of illegal Vietnamese immigrants through methods such as documentation, deportation, eviction, relocation and registration.
  • These actions are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s response to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s successful politicisation of anti-Vietnamese sentiments among Cambodian voters.
  • The Cambodian government’s Vietnamese immigrant policies also serve the ecological development goal of improving Cambodian water systems, as well as beautifying and developing its urban areas.
  • Given Cambodia’s asymmetrical power relationship with Vietnam and the sensitive issue of illegal Vietnamese immigrants, the closer bond between Cambodia and China serves as an enabling factor for the Cambodian government in adopting tougher policies.
  • The Cambodian government’s measures will however neither reduce the fear held by many Cambodians of Vietnamese domination nor will they alleviate the potential diplomatic fallout.

*Jing Jing Luo is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the School of Public Affairs, Xiamen University, China. Kheang Un is Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University, USA.

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Cambodia’s orphan business: The dark side of ‘voluntourism’

Cambodia’s orphan business: The dark side of ‘voluntourism’ | REWIND

Al Jazeera English – 15-9-2019

After emerging from more than two decades of war in the 1990s, Cambodia has relied heavily on tourism to rebuild its economy.

It is one of the top destinations for young travellers, many of whom sign up with global volunteering companies.

‘Voluntourists’, however, may be unwittingly fuelling the exploitation of children in poorly regulated orphanages. Tiếp tục đọc “Cambodia’s orphan business: The dark side of ‘voluntourism’”

After crushing free media, Cambodia’s Hun Sen claims to ‘place high value’ on journalism

After crushing free media, Cambodia’s Hun Sen claims to ‘place high value’ on journalism

Voice of America – 8-5-2021

Marking the 28th annual World Press Freedom Day, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen published a letter on May 3 calling on news media to be guided by ethics and professionalism.

“I sincerely appreciate and place high value on our journalists who have made great efforts to overcome obstacles and dangers in fulfilling their duties to actively broadcast and publish news on what is really happening in the country,” the Phnom Penh Post cites him as saying.

Hun Sen called on local and international media to follow the law and refrain from “spreading fake news” that damages reputations and fosters “social chaos.”

“It’s the way to fight against criminals who seek to gain personal interests by using media as a cover to commit offenses that affect people’s dignity and the prestige of the media and professional journalists. This cannot be tolerated,” Hun Sen said.

Hun Sen’s claim to place a high value on journalism is false. The evidence suggests that those in Cambodia who actively report on “what is really happening in the country” face intimidation, assault and imprisonment.

Vietnam, Cambodia and Brunei join Malaysia on US trafficking blacklist

  • All four countries have made weak efforts to stop forced sex work or assist migrant labourers, the US State Department’s annual report alleged
  • Nations that are put on the blacklist are subject to US sanctions, though friendly nations are routinely spared punishment if they promise to improve
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Agence France-Presse in Washington

scmp -Published: 9:26am, 20 Jul, 2022

A Cambodian girl rescued from a brothel where she was forced to work hides behind shutters at a house in Phnom Penh. Photo: AFP

A Cambodian girl rescued from a brothel where she was forced to work hides behind shutters at a house in Phnom Penh. Photo: AFP

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Forced to Scam: Cambodia’s Cyber Slaves

Al Jazeera English – 15 – 7- 2022

Chinese cyber-scam operations are stealing tens of billions of dollars from victims around the world.

But few realise that thousands of those perpetrating these frauds are victims too.

Young men and women are enslaved, tortured and forced to scam in countries like Cambodia.

In an exclusive report, 101 East investigates Chinese cyber-slave syndicates operating in Cambodia and exposes the powerful and politically connected people protecting them.

Forced to Scam: Cambodia’s Cyber Slaves | 101 East Documentary

Campuchia và Bakong

Thư Kỳ – 18/01/2022 09:49

(KTSG) Có lẽ chúng ta sẽ nghe nói nhiều về Bakong trong thời gian tới – đây là đồng tiền kỹ thuật số do Ngân hàng Trung ương Campuchia phát hành, vừa được báo Nikkei (Nhật) trao giải một trong những sản phẩm và dịch vụ xuất sắc nhất năm 2021 vào tuần trước.

Campuchia khám phá các giao dịch xuyên biên giới thông qua Bakong -  CryptoLeakVN

Tháng 10-2020, Ngân hàng Quốc gia Campuchia trở thành một trong những ngân hàng trung ương đầu tiên trên thế giới phát hành đồng tiền kỹ thuật số quốc gia hoạt động trên nền tảng chuỗi khối (blockchain).

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Campuchia: 30 năm nhìn lại

DANH ĐỨC 13/12/2021 6:00 GMT+7

TTCTThứ năm 14-11-1991, Hoàng thân Sihanouk hồi loan từ Bắc Kinh, cùng theo ông có hoàng tử Ranariddh. Chủ nhật 5-12-2021 vừa rồi, hoàng tử hồi hương từ Paris trong một quan tài, sau nhiều năm dài xa xứ. Cũng tuần rồi, Thủ tướng Hun Sen giới thiệu con trai cả là ứng viên thủ tướng thay ông. Trong 30 năm qua, Campuchia thay đổi chính thể, triều đại, nền kinh tế, song có một thứ không thay đổi: quan hệ với Trung Quốc.

9h sáng thứ hai 6-12-2021, báo Khmer Times hoan hỉ đăng tin: “Đại sứ Trung Quốc tại Campuchia Vương Văn Thiên cho biết dự kiến Campuchia sẽ sản xuất vắc xin Covid-19 vào năm tới”. Số là ông đại sứ sáng đầu tuần ấy dự lễ khánh thành một con đường ở tỉnh Prey Veng, nhân tiện báo tin tốt lành đó.

Ông Hun Sen (phải) và đại sứ Trung Quốc Vương Văn Thiên. Ảnh: AFP

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Phải kiểm soát bằng được biên giới Tây Nam

17-04-2021 – 06:14 AM|

Phòng chống dịch COVID-19 trên biên giới Tây Nam: Quyết liệt và tình người  | Tin tức mới nhất 24h - Đọc Báo Lao Động online - Laodong.vn

(NLĐO) – Tất cả những gì đang diễn ra cho thấy tuyến biên giới Tây Nam đang rất “nóng” vì dịch Covid-19. Vậy làm sao để bịt kín các lỗ hổng?

Việt Nam đã khống chế được dịch Covid-19. Tính đến hết ngày 16-4, TP HCM đã 62 ngày không ghi nhận ca mắc Covid-19 trong cộng đồng. Hà Nội đã 59 ngày và Hải Phòng 52 ngày, Hải Dương 22 ngày không có ca lây nhiễm trong cộng đồng.

Nếu nhìn vào tình hình đó, gần như Covid-19 đã tạm lùi ở nước ta.

Nhưng, đó chỉ là sự bình yên tạm thời.

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Changes Underway at Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base

October 2, 2020
October 2, 2020  |  AMTI Brief

The Cambodian government has demolished a U.S.-built facility at the country’s Ream Naval Base, according to satellite imagery collected on October 1. The demolition occurred sometime after September 5—likely around September 10—though imagery of sufficient resolution to confirm was not available at that time. The building was one of several U.S.-funded facilities on the base which were reportedly to be relocated after Cambodia struck a secret deal to grant China access to Ream. The recent demolition seems to confirm that changes are underway at the naval base and again raises questions about rumored Chinese access. Tiếp tục đọc “Changes Underway at Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base”