Cambodia Morning News For March 10

Cambodia Morning News For March 10

Cambodia morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop for Cambodia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


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Cambodia Eases Deeper Into China’s Defensive Embrace
Cambodia currently faces significant foreign policy challenges amid great power rivalry in the Asia-Pacific. Against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s uncertain and unpredictable foreign policy in the region, China’s economic, military, and strategic influence over Cambodia continues to grow.
AEC News Today

Sino Plaza joins ranks of struggling developments
Sino Plaza, a $250 million mixed-development project at Boeung Trabek, is temporarily halting sales of its residential and commercial spaces, but is progressing with construction activity.
The Phnom Penh Post

Government attempts foray into low-cost housing
The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) is ramping up efforts to develop housing projects for its lower and middle class citizens, recently inking a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with contracting firm Bun Ches Groups Co., Ltd. to cooperate on a new $88 million residential scheme.
The Phnom Penh Post

Attacks on Slogan Grow; Party Law Takes Effect
Hundreds of ruling party commune chiefs across the country have now signed nearly identical letters accusing the opposition of using an “inciting” campaign slogan to fan “disunity,” echoing the language of brand-new legislation that could see whole parties dissolved for such behavior.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Women in Construction Weighed Down
Female construction workers earn on average about $2.50 less per day than their male counterparts, are given fewer opportunities to learn new skills and are victims of outdated gender stereotypes, a new report says.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

How western paedophiles are buying the virginities of Cambodian children as young as SEVEN
The sickening news comes after one former victim travelled 8,000 miles ‘back home’ to expose the true horror of the country’s booming child sex trade.
The Sun

Hun Sen backs military chief’s Rakhine crackdown
At the invitation of Cambodian armed forces commander-in-chief General Pol Saroeun, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the defence services, paid a goodwill visit to Cambodia on February 8.

Ruling Party Studies Legality of Opposition Campaign Slogan
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party has said it is taking legal advice over a campaign slogan used by the opposition which they alleged the call for change was “incitement”.

In Hard Times, Asean Sees Chance to Take the Lead
As Barack Obama prepared to board Air Force One and leave the Laotian capital of Vientiane last September, he turned to salute.

Tough Political Party Bill Signed Into Law in Cambodia
Cambodia’s acting head of state has signed into law a controversial bill that gives the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen vast new powers over political parties as the nation heads into local and national elections in June and in 2018.
Radio Free Asia

Cambodian Villagers Displaced by Dam Complain of Nonarable Land, Access to Fishing
Cambodian villagers who have been relocated by the government from areas near the U.S. $781 million Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam project on Mekong River tributaries said Thursday that they cannot eke out a living in their new locale.
Radio Free Asia

March news highlights: speech therapy in Cambodia, South China Sea and Rakhine State
Since 2013, OIC Cambodia has worked to establish speech therapy as a fundamental part of education in the kingdom.
Southeast Asia Globe

BigPhone dials into local market
Mobile World Investment Corp (MWG) – one of the largest mobile phone and electronic products distribution chains in Vietnam – will open its first store in Cambodia, operating under the name, according to Vietnamese state media.
The Phnom Penh Post

Online tool to compare loans
Spean Luy, the first dedicated website that allows users to compare the terms and interest rates of loan products from various Cambodian lenders, is looking to help borrowers make better financial decisions in a diverse and often confusing credit market.
The Phnom Penh Post

Jailed Deputy Commune Chief Quits Opposition, Joins CPP
A deputy commune chief jailed last month announced his resignation from the CNRP on Thursday to join the ruling party, and a relative of a second jailed opposition commune official said he was approached to defect, but rejected the offer.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cambodian Border Guard Handed 25-Year Sentence in Vietnam
A Cambodian border guard was sentenced to 25 years in a Vietnamese prison for fatally shooting one man and injuring a second at a restaurant just inside Vietnam, officials said on Thursday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)



Feature photo: Sasin Tipchai



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