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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Shifts Beijing’s Diplomatic Focus From Mideast Back to Asia-Pacific

After dedicating much of the first part of the week to the escalating crisis in the Middle East following Iran's missile strike against Israel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is now shifting his attention back to the Asia-Pacific region with a three-nation, six-day tour. ...

Cambodian PM Says Country to Build Canal With China

Prime Minister Hun Manet said Thursday that Cambodia will proceed with controversial plans to build a $1.7 billion canal linking the capital, Phnom Penh, to the sea. The Funan Techo Canal is the latest Chinese-backed infrastructure project in Cambodia, which received ...

New Cambodian Canal Project Won’t Faciliate Chinese Military Access, Says Ex Premier

Hun Sen, Cambodia's former premier and father of the current prime minister, took to the social media platform X this week to vent his frustrations over allegations that the Chinese military will use the long-planned Funan Techo canal. "Cambodia needs Chinese ...

Why a Chinese-Backed Canal Project in Cambodia is Making Vietnam Very Nervous

Former Cambodian strongman Hun Sen was in Beijing last week lobbying the Chinese government to move forward with the $1.7 billion Funan Techo Canal project which his son, President Hun Manet, has made the centerpiece of his new administration.

China Uses Debt-Free Infrastructure Financing Model in Cambodia. It Ended up Being Popular

Cambodians are eagerly waiting for the country’s first waterway system, the Funan Techo Canal, to kick off construction scheduled late this year. Aside from the excitement for economic benefits that the canal promises, it has also brought more attention to the project’s investment scheme called Build-Operate-Transfer ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.
The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people ...

Two Japanese Destroyers Visit Cambodia

Two Japanese destroyers wrapped up a visit to the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville on Friday, located very close to a large naval base that China is currently constructing. As a country firmly aligned with China, Cambodia’s closer security ties with Japan ...

Q&A: How Cambodia’s Chinese-backed Funan Techo Canal Risks Destabilizing the Lower Mekong Delta

In May 2023, the former prime minister of Cambodia – Hun Sen – led a cabinet meeting that gave the green light to the “Funan Techo Canal”, the first waterway system in Cambodia, which will connect Phnom Penh Autonomous Port to Kep Province of Cambodia.

5 Most Important China Stories of 2023 in Southeast Asia’s Climate Landscape

With the overwhelming war in Gaza and the return of rising COVID-19 cases around the world, as we end the year, it’s easy to lose track of other defining events in the past twelve months.  From China’s river diplomacy in Mekong ...

Vietnam Expected to Announce Landmark Decision to Join China’s “Common Destiny” Agenda During Xi Visit to Hanoi

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet kicked off what is going to be a very busy week in Vietnamese diplomacy when he began a two-day visit to Hanoi on Monday that will overlap with the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday. ...

PLA Navy Warships Make First Port of Call in Cambodia’s New Chinese-Built Port

A small flotilla of Chinese warships that includes a destroyer, a frigate and a supply vessel docked at Cambodia's newly upgraded Ream naval base on Tuesday in the southwestern province of Sihanoukville. Defense Minister Tea Seiha said the PLA Navy warships came ...
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