Phnom Penh

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Chinese nationals arrested for extortion ring in Cambodia

More than 500 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals accused of extortion have been deported since 2010 to their homelands. Last week, Cambodian authorities in Phnom Penh arrested again 39 Chinese nationals suspected of participating and involvement in an organized illegal network that operates a phone-based extortion ring, the Cambodian National Police announced on their website. With … Continue reading

Chinese investments in Cambodia ignore environment queries

China’s expanding investment portfolio in Cambodia has brought into sharper focus the darker side of the Asian giant’s “development projects” in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. And it is in the southwestern corner of Cambodia – known for its rich biodiversity, forest-covered hills and bubbling rivers – where this Chinese economic footprint is leaving a … Continue reading

Bride trafficking to China could rise

Bride trafficking to China from Southeast Asian countries which do not border on that country looks set to grow, says the UN, with the first reported cases from Cambodia in 2012. “The numbers of identified cases are still small, but this number could rise given the social demographics in play,” Lisa Rende Taylor, chief technical … Continue reading

Cambodians flock to learn Mandarin

Seventeen-year-old Muth Sovannara is not like most Cambodian teenagers. For starters, he speaks three languages – his native Khmer, the English he spent most of his life studying, and, for three years now, Mandarin. Each weekday, he wakes early to get to his high school at 7am. After four hours of lessons in Khmer, the … Continue reading

China builds hydroelectric dams in Cambodia

In the hilly wilderness across southwestern Cambodia, the foundations of the country’s strengthening bonds with China are taking root. It is there that large dams supported by Chinese money are being built to literally bring the impoverished Southeast Asian nation out of darkness. The largest of them so far, the US$280 million Kamchay Dam in … Continue reading

Armies of Cambodia, China sign deal to enhance partnership

China is by far the largest investor and financial donor in Cambodia. And now China makes a next, crucial step. The Chinese take the Kingdom of Cambodia even stronger in the wake of its power interests in Southeast Asia. General Qi Jianguo, senior member of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) pledged more military aid for Cambodia in the form of … Continue reading

Cambodia’s low wages lure manufacturers away from China, other countries

Inside a gleaming white-and-blue garment factory in Cambodia stand rows of second-hand Singers — weathered sewing machines transported from a plant in China that closed last year. The Hong Kong-headquartered Top Form, which has 700 workers at the plant, is one of many businesses that have moved to Cambodia, mostly from China, in the past … Continue reading

China secures potential Cambodian iron ore

Chinese firms to build a railway, a steel mill and seaport for iron and steel mining to facilitate the transportation of Chinese-mined Cambodian iron ore to China? A “Cambodian” company (a consortium of Chinese metal companies) and a Chinese firm signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a railway and seaport in Cambodia to … Continue reading

China secures potential Cambodian crude oil

Cambodia’s first oil refinery will break ground early next year and, once completed, will refine an estimated 5 million tons of oil per year. Two state-enterprises signed an agreement on the USD2.3-billion refinery in Kampot province: Sinomach China Perfect Machinery Industry Corp. and the Cambodian Petrochemical Company, at the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh. … Continue reading

China seen as potential market for Cambodia’s exports.

The Cambodian Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said  on the sidelines of the Cambodia–China Trade and Investment Meeting in Phnom Penh that China is a potential market for Cambodia’s garment exports and some other agricultural products while the traditional big markets of Europe and the United States are experiencing an economic slowdown. Cham Prasidh said that although the … Continue reading

Asean demands maritime talks on South China Sea

Southeast Asian nations displayed a rare show of unity yesterday against China‘s sweeping maritime claims, calling for the first formal talks with Beijing over a sea dispute that has raised tensions and exposed deep divisions in the region. As Chinese premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Cambodia for meetings with Southeast Asian leaders, the 10-member Asean … Continue reading

Cambodia for sale on China’s Alibaba.com

From large tracts of rural land to sand from the country’s rivers to human hair, a host of Cambodia’s natural resources are on display in the shop window of China’s largest online trading website. Alibaba.com—which claims more than 80 million users worldwide and is growing in popularity in Cambodia—links up suppliers, who pay fees to … Continue reading

Cambodia: Luxury wood trade to China revealed.

Thousands of cubic meters of luxury wood is being shipped from Cambodia to China each year, according to official Chinese import documents shown to The Cambodia Daily. According to the data, some 36,000 cubic meters of logs under the “rosewood” category have been recorded entering China from Cambodia between January 2007 and the end of … Continue reading

Leaders of China, Japan will attend ASEAN, East Asia Summits in Cambodia

The leaders of two of Cambodia’s biggest donor countries, China and Japan, will attend the upcoming ASEAN and East Asia Summits in Phnom Penh. The leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries and other Asian leaders will be joined by Russia, the US and India in these major regional summits in Phnom Penh on November 18 … Continue reading

Cambodia, China to further enhance ties.

In early November 2012, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong met in the capital Phnom Penh with visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying  to discuss ways to further advance bilateral ties. Both sides expressed satisfactions with the good relations and cooperation between the two countries and pledged to further heighten the … Continue reading

Japan firms turn to booming Southeast Asia, hedging China risks

Almost a quarter of Japanese manufacturers are re-thinking their China investment plans. Japanese firms, encouraged to expand abroad by a strong yen, are increasingly using Southeast Asia as an alternative manufacturing base to balance their China risks. Japanese government and business leaders have also been among the fastest to tap the potential of Myanmar’s dramatic … Continue reading

French architect in China scandal back in Cambodia

A French architect embroiled in the scandal surrounding the ousted Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai has left China and returned to his adopted homeland of Cambodia, according to French and Cambodian government officials. Patrick Henri Devillers flew to China “voluntarily” in July, after more than a month in detention in Cambodia, to help with … Continue reading

Cambodia’s subservience to China: a tale of treachery and selfishness

I refer to the AFP report concerning Manila’s act of summoning the Cambodian envoy. As reported by the said newspaper: “The Philippines has summoned Cambodia’s ambassador to explain comments he made accusing it and Vietnam of playing “dirty politics” in trying to solve a maritime row with China. “The move appeared to further deepen divisions … Continue reading

Cambodia says Frenchman linked to Bo Xilai scandal won’t be extradited to China

The French architect linked to China’s biggest political scandal in two decades and detained in Cambodia will not be extradited to any country, a minister said, adding another twist to a high-profile case already shrouded in mystery. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong gave no details on what grounds China had requested the arrest of Patrick … Continue reading

Cambodia arrests Frenchman linked to China’s Bo Xilai scandal

A French architect with ties to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been arrested in Cambodia, the French embassy said Tuesday, in a new twist to China’s biggest political scandal in decades. Cambodian police said the arrest of Patrick Devillers was carried out with the cooperation of Beijing, which is seeking his extradition. “We’ve been … Continue reading

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