The Khmer Times, 11 May 2018 The opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) stunningly won the Malaysia election with 113 seats out of 222 seats. It marked an end to the six-decade rule of Barisan Nasional (BN) which only received 79 seats compared to 131 seats in 2013 election. Some regional observers called it a “people … Continue reading A New Dawn Now for Malaysia?
The Khmer Times, 18 May 2018 Early this week, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lauded the role of South Korea in Southeast Asia especially under the leadership of President Moon Jae-In and his New Southern Policy which was announced last year. It is a critical turning point in South Korea’s regional diplomacy. The “Asean-Korea Future-oriented … Continue reading S.Korea’s Role Welcomed
The Khmer Times, 13 June 2018 Open regionalism remains on track in the Mekong region although there is an anti-globalisation wave and rising protectionism in other parts of the world. Regional integration has been and will be one of the main foreign policy objectives of the Mekong countries. The 8th ACMECS (Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation … Continue reading ACMECS and CLMV Need Reform
Khmer Times, 4 May 2018 On April 30, 1999, Cambodia formally became the tenth member state of Asean after years of negotiations. Three Cambodian foreign ministers were involved in the negotiations, namely Prince Norodom Sirivudh, Ung Huot and Hor Namhong. After acceding to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in 1995, Cambodia became an Asean … Continue reading Cambodia, Asean: 19 Years On
Khmer Times, 9 May 2018 Maritime security is a top regional security agenda as major powers are vying for maritime power expansion. Cooperation on non-traditional maritime security issues such as piracy, illegal fishing, natural disasters and humanitarian relief, search and rescue, and human trafficking would help promote trust and lead to the strengthening of regional … Continue reading Maritime Security: Cambodia’s Take
Khmer Times, 7 May 2018 Geopolitical risks and uncertainties are high and the power shifts are real and consequential, argued top regional opinion leaders at the 2018 Asean Media Forum last Friday. The forum was co-organised by the Asean Secretariat and S Rajaratnam School of International Studies with the support from GIZ and Air Asia. … Continue reading Power Shifts and Asean
The Khmer Times, 27 April 2018 Leaders from the ten Asean member states will be in Singapore today to attend 32nd Asean Summit under the theme of “Resilience and Innovation” to discuss regional and international issues. Asean is at an “inflection point” and the regional grouping’s unity and centrality are becoming even more critical amidst … Continue reading Asean 2018: The Key Agenda