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Cambodia Looks to ‘Breathe’ With Controversial New Canal

By Suy Se Dust covers everything in Lim Tong Eng's yard, thrown up by excavators toiling next door to enlarge a channel that Cambodia's government hopes will soon be a major shipping canal. Next month, ...

Cambodia Shifts $1.7 Billion Project to Majority Cambodian Ownership Amid Concerns Over Chinese Influence

This article is authored by Han Noy and Sim Chansamnang, both freelance journalists based in Cambodia. In June, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet announced that Cambodians would control 51% of the controversial Funan Techo Canal. Previously, Chinese investors owned the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Letter From DC: Is Africa Holding Itself Back?

Whoo boy…We picked a doozy of a week to be in town. The overlapping reverberations from leadership fights within the Democratic Party, the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, and the announcement of JD Vance as his vice-presidential candidate are understandably focusing attention inwards.
That said, we’ve had fascinating conversations with very smart folks who focus on Africa, the wider Global South, and China’s role there. One theme ...

Cambodia’s $16 Billion ‘Eco-City’ Poses Social, Ecological Concerns

On 20th of December 2022, a company called Canopy Sands Development kicked off the construction of a $16 billion eco-city in Sihanoukville Province. The eco-city project, Bay of Lights, promises to transform the Ream Bay to a top tourist destination in the world. ...

U.S. Pentagon Chief Visits Cambodia to Boost Ties With China Ally

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Cambodia on Tuesday in an effort to reset ties with the staunch China ally. Washington’s relationship with the Southeast Asian nation has been deteriorating for years, with China pouring billions of dollars into infrastructure investments ...

U.S. Pentagon Chief Visits Cambodia to Boost Ties With China Ally

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Cambodia on Tuesday in an effort to reset ties with the staunch China ally. Washington's relationship with the Southeast Asian nation has been deteriorating for years, with China pouring in billions of dollars in infrastructure ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Will Visit Cambodia Next Week

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Cambodia next week after attending the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore. The visit is widely seen as an effort to counter China's enormous influence in the Southeast Asian country. (THE DIPLOMAT) China’s Premier ...

Cambodia to Begin Work on Controversial Chinese-Backed Canal in August: PM

Cambodia will start work on a controversial $1.7-billion canal linking the capital, Phnom Penh, to the sea in August, Prime Minister Hun Manet said Thursday. The Chinese-backed Funan Techo canal has sparked fears in neighboring Vietnam that it could be used ...

China Shows Off Latest Version of Its Weaponized Robot Dog in Cambodia

This year's Golden Dragon 2024 exercises between the Cambodian and Chinese militaries is wrapping up this week. And while this was the first time the two navies engaged in joint maritime drills, the lasting impression of this year's event will likely be that of a robotic dog ...

China’s Naval Diplomacy Comeback

​​By Lukas Fiala Earlier this week, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, Chief of the South African Navy, met with China’s Defense Minister, Admiral Dong Jun 董军 in Beijing. For PLA analysts, the visit may come as no surprise, given the PLA’s ...

Two Chinese Warships in Cambodia for Military Drills

Two Chinese warships docked in Cambodia on Sunday as part of the biggest-ever joint military drills with the Southeast Asian nation. Beijing's ambassador hails their "ironclad" friendship. Cambodia has long been a staunch ally of China and has received billions of ...

China, Cambodia to Hold Joint Military Exercises

Cambodia and China will hold joint annual military drills from Thursday, an official said, amid US concerns that Beijing could use a Cambodian naval base to expand its influence in the region. A Chinese warship docked in the coastal city of ...

The New Navy Base China is Building in Cambodia Looks a Lot Like China’s Older Navy Base in Djibouti

Two People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) warships have been docked for the past five months at the new Ream Naval Base that China built in Cambodia. The presence of those two corvettes puts to rest the oft-stated denials by both Cambodian and Chinese officials that this new facility will ...
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