Vietnam: Between China and US

1 December 2014 PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Vietnam’s foreign policy faces an unprecedented challenge deriving from increasing competition among major powers. Striking a balance between China and the United States is the most difficult foreign policy task for Vietnam. China is a big neighbor, an ideological ally, and biggest economic partner for Vietnam. In … Continue reading Vietnam: Between China and US

Thein Sein: ASEAN is at a Critical Juncture

Khmer Times, Thursday, 15 May 2014; News by Chheang Vannarith In his opening remarks at the 24th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw on May 11, 2014, President Thein Sein stated, “Today, we are a critical juncture and we need to make sure that all necessary steps in the community building are taken in a … Continue reading Thein Sein: ASEAN is at a Critical Juncture

Cambodia Rethinks

Pressures for Reforms Cambodia has enjoyed a relatively high economic performance with an annual GDP growth rate of about 8 per cent over the last decade. Market liberalisation, economic openness, regional integration, as well as domestic macroeconomic and political stability are the key drivers for success. The country scored 58.5 on the Economic Freedom Index … Continue reading Cambodia Rethinks

China-ASEAN: Needs to invest more in strategic trust

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, visited the ASEAN Secretariat and four ASEAN member countries to strengthen mutual understanding, strategic trust, and demonstrate support for ASEAN community building. Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan visited Brunei for a consultative meeting with the ten ASEAN Defense Ministers … Continue reading China-ASEAN: Needs to invest more in strategic trust