Hun Sen reaffirms resolve to visit Myanmar despite mounting criticism

Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Myanmar’s military-recognised foreign minister Wanna Maung Lwin at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. Picture taken December 7, 2021. Photo from the prime minister's Facebook page

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday reaffirmed his intention to visit Myanmar to meet with the military junta that seized power in the February coup. Hun Sen also defended Cambodia’s upcoming ASEAN chairmanship, saying that China had no influence over his country’s position on the contested South China Sea.

Cambodia donates to Myanmar’s military junta to contain the COVID-19 pandemic

A man walks in font of the Myanmar Embassy in Phnom Penh, August 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government said it will donate $200,000 along with medical equipment to Myanmar’s military junta to aid efforts to contain the pandemic.

Cambodian Foreign Minister insists non-interference, in the name of human rights

Relatives of imprisoned CNRP members are surrounded by authorities during a protest near the Municipal Court of Phnom Penh, Picture taken on February 18, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Speaking at an ASEAN meeting Tuesday, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn called for both the comprehensive implementation of human rights and respect for each country’s sovereignty.

Cambodia blocks Vietnam border amid growing COVID-19 outbreak

A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government has announced a one-month ban on travel across the border to Vietnam in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. The government has also extended the period between first and second doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines from two to three weeks.

UK pledges deeper bilateral ties with Cambodia ahead of role as ASEAN chair

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab leaves a meeting with Cambodian environment minister Say Sam Al at the Ministry of Environment in Phnom Penh, June 23. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The UK Foreign Secretary’s visit to Cambodia comes amid concerns over the arrest of a number of environmental activists last week. Raab’s visit followed a few weeks after the US deputy secretary of state visited Cambodia on June 1 to express concerns over the Cambodian government’s crackdown on human rights defenders, as well as criticising an alleged Chinese military presence at Ream Naval Base.