Cambodia and China have launched their third annual joint “Golden Dragon” military exercise in grand style, drawing concerns from analysts who say the drills are generating international “suspicion” as Phnom Penh pivots from the West and increasingly towards Beijing.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his state visit to Cambodia on Thursday with a social dinner hosted by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
An EU delegation is set to arrive in Phnom Penh next week for a two-day official visit to as part of the review and monitoring process as it considers withdrawing Cambodia’s access to its preferential ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) agreement, officials said on Tuesday. The topic of ensuring political space was mentioned during a farewell visit by outgoing European Union Ambassador George Edgar to Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday. “He asked the government to ensure better political space in Cambodia,” Interior Ministry spokesman Phat Sophanith said.
UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith will visit the Kingdom at the end of next month, when she plans to discuss the human rights situation in Cambodia, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn said yesterday.https://bit.ly/2W52O0n;