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    US self-interest behind GSP axe

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 27/04/2020

    » The suspension of trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) worth US$1.3 billion (42 billion baht) by the US Trade Representative (USTR) was to take place on Saturday.


    Outbreak unveils worst side of some Cambodians

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 04/02/2020

    » It was 1.25am on Saturday, April 16, 2016 when a series of earthquakes hit the city of Kumamoto in the southern part of Japan's Kyushu region. With a main shock of magnitude 7.3, the earthquake was strong enough to shake the city of Beppu in nearby Oita Prefecture. Fearing that my old apartment would collapse, I dashed out to the street barefoot.


    New subs sign of troubles to come?

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 13/01/2020

    » The Indian navy just transferred one of its Russian-made Kilo-class diesel-electric attack submarines to the Myanmar navy in late 2019, making it the first submarine ever to be deployed by Myanmar. If there are no technical problems, as Vice Admiral Prachachart Sirisawat, spokesman and deputy chief-of-staff of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) speculated in early December, Myanmar could have put its newly acquired submarine into action in the Andaman Sea from Dec 24 last year.


    Scare tactics won't work with Hun Sen

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 06/03/2019

    » After six months of close monitoring and engaging with the Cambodian government, the European Union (EU) found that Cambodia has made very little tangible progress in complying with the EU's demands that it reinstate democratic checks-and-balances, respect human rights and the independence of the media, and drop charges against members of the opposition party.


    Why 'permanent neutrality' doesn't work in Cambodia

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 03/01/2019

    » The end of the Cold War marked a turning point in international politics -- the collapse of socialism and the planned economy and the rise of democracy and a free market economy. Ideological conflict became a thing of the past. The absence of the East-West confrontation, however, did not necessarily constitute the absence of a power struggle.


    Japan goes shy on Khmer poll flaws

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Cambodia's general election on July 29 concluded with a sharp controversy. Skeptical voter turnout, a number of spoilt ballots, election boycotts and a sweeping victory by the ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP) appeared in international media headlines. Shortly after the National Election Committee (NEC) announced the preliminary result, the US, the European Union, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Germany expressed concern that the election was neither free nor fair and failed to justify the spirit of democracy in the absence of the banned opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).


    Pompeo's Vietnam model illogical for N Korea

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 21/07/2018

    » During an official visit to Vietnam this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited economic development of the country after the US-Vietnam normalisation as a model that may incentivise North Korea to implement a denuclearisation plan. The claims was only met with doubts.


    Trump's Indo-Pacific plan is not new at all

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 22/06/2018

    » The United States' changing the name of the US Pacific Command to the US Indo-Pacific Command has become a hotly debated topic after the conclusion of the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual security summit organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore earlier this month.


    Why did a Malaysian buy 'The Phnom Penh Post'?

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 19/05/2018

    » After the closure of the Cambodia Daily in September last year, The Phnom Penh Post practically became the last man standing in terms of independent news content in Cambodia. The sale of the Post to Sivakumar Ganapathy, a Malaysian investor, sparked in Cambodian society a mixture of sad, worried, hopeless, and frustrated sentiment, deeply affecting not only the paper's staff but also other journalists, civil society organisations and the public.


    US-Cambodia standoff

    News, Sek Sophal, Published on 02/04/2018

    » In late January last year, China donated 100 tanks to Cambodia. And the militaries of the two countries just celebrated their 60th anniversary of Sino-Cambodia diplomatic relations by concluding their joint annual Golden Dragon military exercises on Thursday.

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