US, Cambodia in War of Words Over Detained Opposition Leader

RFA  20 Feb 2019, 13:42 GMT+10

Cambodia and the United States sparred this weekend over comments appearing on a U.S. embassy Facebook page criticizing the Cambodian governments continued detention of the leader of a now-banned opposition party.

The unsigned Feb. 15 posting called former Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha an innocent man, detained on unjust charges, and noted he has now been held either in jail or under house arrest for nearly 18 months. Continue reading “US, Cambodia in War of Words Over Detained Opposition Leader”

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Cambodia ‘shocked’ by ‘disrespectful’ U.S. aid cut, says democracy intact

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia said on Wednesday it was saddened and shocked by a “disrespectful” U.S. decision to rein back aid programmes because of perceived democratic setbacks and defended its record on democracy.


Cambodia’s national flags are seen as labourers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

The White House said on Tuesday it was suspending or curtailing several Treasury, USAID and military assistance programmes that support Cambodia’s military, taxation department and local authorities – all of which, it said, shared blame for recent instability.

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U.S. turns to music in bid to woo Cambodians

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – With U.S.-Cambodian relations at a low and Chinese influence growing, Washington is trying a new way to win hearts and minds: sponsoring a well-known Cambodian musician to sing positive songs about America.


Singer Yorn Young poses for a picture before a news conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

“When there is tension, countries seek ways to ease it so arts and culture can help,” said 37-year-old Yorn Young, who launched his “Lovin’ USA” album in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. He was not worried if people thought it was propaganda, he added.

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Tit-for-Tat in a Tete-a-Tete: Cambodia Stops US MIA Searches After Visa Ban

Cambodia has shut down Pentagon programs in the southeast Asian country searching for the remains of US Vietnam War soldiers after Washington denied visas for senior Cambodian foreign ministry officials and their families – a response to Phnom Penh’s refusal to accept dual-Cambodian/US citizens who have been convicted of crimes in America.

Reacting to a new set of visa sanctions slapped on Phnom Penh by Washington on September 13 for the southeastern nation’s refusal to accept people deported by the United States, Cambodia has announced that it will no longer support US missions in the country searching for remains of Vietnam War combatants claimed to be missing in action.

According to a Thursday statement by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Phnom Penh has cancelled Pentagon MIA missions in the country, a move reported by Cambodia’s Fresh News media outlet and later confirmed by government spokesman Phay Siphan, cited by APnews.com. Continue reading “Tit-for-Tat in a Tete-a-Tete: Cambodia Stops US MIA Searches After Visa Ban”

Violence can erupt in Cambodia without warning: US warns citizens

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The US Embassy in Phnom Penh issued a security warning to Americans about possible violence in Cambodia amid the government’s anti-American rhetoric.

 
Cambodian police man a barricade outside a prison in Trapaing Phlong in Tbong Khmum province on Sep 11, 2017, where opposition leader Kem Sokha is being held after being detained last week. (Photo: AFP)

PHNOM PENH: The US Embassy in Phnom Penh issued a security warning to its citizens late Wednesday (Sep 13) about rising tensions in Cambodia following the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha, the expulsion of an American NGO and anti-American rhetoric by Cambodian officials. Continue reading “Violence can erupt in Cambodia without warning: US warns citizens”

Campuchia – sàn đấu của hai đảng – 5 kỳ

  • Kỳ 1: Vừa đấu vừa đàm
  • Kỳ 2: Cuộc đấu bản đồ và lãnh thổ
  • Kỳ 3: Án mại dâm của Kem Sokha
  • Kỳ 4: Cuộc so găng Mỹ – Trung
  • Kỳ 5: Những món quà hậu hĩnh
Campuchia - Sàn đấu hai Đảng: Những món quà hậu hĩnh
Những thành viên bảo vệ môi trường của Campuchia biểu tình ôn hòa trước đại sứ quán Trung Quốc ở Bangkok (Thái Lan) yêu cầu ngừng xây dựng thủy điện trên sông Mekong ở Campuchia – Ảnh: Reuters

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Nhìn lại 20 năm bình thường hóa quan hệ Việt – Mỹ: 2 kỳ

  • Kỳ 1: Nhiệm vụ cơ mật của Đại tướng Lê Đức Anh
  • Kỳ 2: Chuyện Đại tướng Lê Đức Anh thuyết phục ông John Kerry

Đại tướng Lê Đức Anh, Việt Mỹ, Bill Clinton, đối ngoại, ngoại giaoTổng thống Mỹ Bill Clinton và phu nhân đón tiếp Chủ tịch nước Việt Nam Lê Đức Anh và phu nhân tại Mỹ năm 1995. Ảnh tư liệu

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Kỳ 1: Nhiệm vụ cơ mật của Đại tướng Lê Đức Anh

VNN – Bộ Chính trị một lần nữa đặt trọng trách lên vai Đại tướng – ông sẽ cùng với Bộ Ngoại giao tìm cách thăm dò và “mở đột phá khẩu” để tiến tới việc bình thường hóa quan hệ với Mỹ. 

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