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Japan ‘expresses concern’ over CNRP

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Kazuyuki Nakane at the 13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Myanmar.

Japan’s foreign minister joined the EU in voicing alarm over the dissolution of the CNRP to Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn at a ministerial summit in Myanmar on Monday – even as his Chinese counterpart reiterated Beijing’s support for the move. Japan, which is typically tight-lipped on political issues, is funding and offering technical assistance for the 2018 national elections along with the EU. In a meeting with Sokhonn at the two-day Asia-Europe Meeting of Foreign Ministers’ (ASEM), Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane “expressed concern” over last week’s dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, and urged the Kingdom to conduct next year’s election “in a way that appropriately reflects the will of the people”, said Hironori Suzuki, counsellor for the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh. However, Japan will continue to provide assistance to the ...

China business delegates bullish on Cambodia

The Council for the Development of Cambodia Secretary-General Sok Chenda Sophea speaks at the 14th Chinese-Asean Expo.

Delegates gathered at the Cambodia-Fujian Business and Tourism seminar in Phnom Penh yesterday to discuss opportunities for investment in the Kingdom through increased trade in both the energy and garment sector. Huang Dezhi, deputy director-general for the Department of Commerce of Fujian province, said at the seminar that businesses from the southeastern Chinese province have already invested a total of $380 million into 18 different Cambodian projects across sectors including agriculture, livestock, garment and tourism. He added that there is significant business potential in Cambodia that continues to attract foreign investors from China. “Cambodia and China’s Fujian province have different business potential, and we can both complement each other to accelerate trade,” he said, adding that Cambodia’s relations with Fujian businesses will only continue to improve as relations with China ...

Teen murdered in capital as bystanders film

A 13-year old boy was killed in broad daylight on Monday in a brazen crime caught on camera by onlookers in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar commune. The video, which was circulated on social media yesterday and shot approximately 10 metres from the murder, shows a man kneeling in a shallow pool of water drowning the boy. Chim Sitha, Dangkor district police chief, said that the suspect – Var Ratha, 33 – was being questioned by police and would be sent to court tomorrow. He said he had not seen the video. “When we asked him why he beat the boy until he died, he said he was angry with the boy, who used a kamplus [a type of Cambodian toy gun] to shoot him [with a spitball],” he said. “The suspect said he had a ‘master spirit’ in his body that caused him to be angry.” Sitha said the suspect fled after the crime, but other villagers held him. Police initially suspected drug abuse played a part in the crime, ...

Government agrees to accept deportees from the US

Interior Minister Sar Kheng (right) meets with US Ambassador William Heidt (left) yesterday in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia has agreed to reaccept deportees from the US but is requesting a delay for those who have serious illnesses, according to a Ministry of Interior official who briefed reporters on a wide-ranging meeting between Interior Minister Sar Kheng and US Ambassador William Heidt yesterday. Phat Sophanith, cabinet officer to Kheng, told reporters after the meeting that Kheng and Heidt discussed deportees, child sex offenders and the political situation in Cambodia. Cambodia’s refusal to take deportees resulted in the US in August banning certain Foreign Affairs Ministry officials from travelling to the US. Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said earlier this month that Cambodia is prepared to reopen the pipeline, but the US has been tight-lipped about the agreement. US Embassy spokesman David Josar declined to comment yesterday beyond confirming Heidt and Kheng had “a good meeting ...

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