Cambodia Morning News For September 18

Cambodia Morning News For September 18

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has upped the stakes in the country’s pivot to China, accusing the United States of conspiring to overthrow him as he escalates a crackdown on dissent with a view to extending his three decades in power.
— South China Morning Post

Business Insider: Selling life insurance in an untapped market
Prudential Life Assurance first entered the Cambodian market in 2013 at a time when few in the country understood the value of life insurance products in long-term financial planning. A partnership with Acleda Bank, the largest bank in the Kingdom, has helped Prudential grow steadily and extend its reach across the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Official warns ex-RFA staffers about continuing to work in Cambodia
Information Ministry spokesman Ouk Kimseng on Friday made a thinly veiled threat to jail Radio Free Asia reporters if they continued to work in the Kingdom, following the broadcaster’s announcement last week that it had ceased in-country operations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen amps up attacks on US
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday ratcheted up his attacks on the United States, announcing that he had instructed the Immigration Department to check for American “spies” and suggesting the US Embassy pull out its Peace Corps volunteers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Streaming platforms focus on content to attract subscribers
The local market for streaming video on demand, or SVOD, has become a whole lot richer in recent months, with three new paid platforms launching since July to join international heavyweight, Netflix.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Environmental NGO Mother Nature dissolved
The Interior Ministry on Friday announced it had stricken critical environmental NGO Mother Nature from its registry, effective immediately, with the group saying it had requested the move and would continue to investigate sand dredging and export violations in the country’s southwest despite the de-registration.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese homebuyers eye Southeast Asia
An increasing number of Chinese homebuyers are snapping up properties in Southeast Asian countries, with many of them attracted by the high returns and beautiful scenery.One Chinese investor offered a bid for a building in Cambodia for $200 million at an event in Shanghai on Wednesday.

Cambodia’s Crumbling Democracy
In the early hours of September 4, the final edition of Cambodia’s oldest English-language daily rolled off the presses. The Cambodia Daily, founded in 1993, was a respected pillar of the country’s small independent media.
— Foreign Affairs

How Cambodia’s Teflon Leader Made A Career Of Blaming America
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, an institution at the helm of the small impoverished Southeast Asian country, faces a slow erosion of support. Opposition parties are building a stronger base ahead of general elections next year.
— Forbes

Heng on Opposition and Democracy in Cambodia
Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia has been in power for more than 30 years. He recently vowed to stay in power and resist foreign interference. Authorities in the country arrested opposition leader, Kem Sokha and voted last week to approve his prosecution on charges he committed treason in collusion with the United States.
— The New York Times

Amid Escalating Political Tensions, Hun Sen Cancels Military Remains Recovery Program
In response to new U.S. visa sanctions on Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Friday Cambodia was suspending its program to recover the remains of U.S. service personnel missing since the Vietnam war.
— VOA Cambodia


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