Mixed response, some junta promises after PM’s trip to Myanmar

Prime Minister Hun Sen (L), is welcomed by Military leader Min Aung Hlaing during a meeting in Myanmar, January 7, 2022. CamboJA/ Hand out photo from An Khuon SamAun National Television of Cambodia

With the prime minister’s much-anticipated diplomatic venture to Myanmar now in the past, the trip has received a mixed response from a broad array of observers.

Hun Sen meets Myanmar coup leader for talks, despite criticism

Prime Minister Hun Sen (L), is welcomed by Military leader Min Aung Hlaing during a meeting in Myanmar, January 7, 2022. CamboJA/ Hand out photo from An Khuon SamAun National Television of Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in Myanmar Friday for a two-day visit amid heavy criticism from civil society and the public over his meetings with the military junta.

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.