Andrew Nachemson

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23 Oct 2019 - 10:09AM
Chinese gang threatens chaos in Cambodian province as rift deepens between locals and new arrivals

The video was released soon after a Ministry of Interior report identifying Chinese nationals as the most criminally active foreigners in Cambodia.

The video was released soon after a Ministry of Interior report identifying Chinese nationals as the most criminally active foreigners in Cambodia.

15 May 2019 - 10:19AM
Chinese investment in Cambodia is bringing Phnom Penh closer to Beijing – and further from the EU

The Southeast Asian nation signed at least nine deals with China last week on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum, but some analysts say it is likely political obedience to China will include military access.

The Southeast Asian nation signed at least nine deals with China last week on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum, but some analysts say it is likely political obedience to China will include military access.

1 May 2019 - 11:06PM
China’s relationship with Asean under scrutiny as Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi makes first visit to Cambodia

Her trip underlines the similarities between two nations isolated from the international community over human rights abuses – and which are seen as loyal to Beijing, a position hampering the Southeast Asian bloc’s effectiveness.

Her trip underlines the similarities between two nations isolated from the international community over human rights abuses – and which are seen as loyal to Beijing, a position hampering the Southeast Asian bloc’s effectiveness.

30 Apr 2019 - 9:42AM
Chinese tourists win, poor Cambodians lose with US$4 billion Hong Kong-backed casino in Phnom Penh

Tenants turfed out of Phnom Penh’s low-income housing block the White Building, were told it would be redeveloped to house Cambodians. Instead, NagaCorp is planning a development to attract high-rolling Chinese gamblers.

Tenants turfed out of Phnom Penh’s low-income housing block the White Building, were told it would be redeveloped to house Cambodians. Instead, NagaCorp is planning a development to attract high-rolling Chinese gamblers.

10 Apr 2019 - 7:51PM
Is Cambodia’s Koh Kong project for Chinese tourists – or China’s military?

Cambodia’s deal with China’s Union Development Group to build a tourism hub looks too good to be true. Sceptics say it is – and that its suspiciously long airport runway and deep water port are really meant to serve a military purpose

Cambodia’s deal with China’s Union Development Group to build a tourism hub looks too good to be true. Sceptics say it is – and that its suspiciously long airport runway and deep water port are really meant to serve a military purpose

5 Mar 2019 - 6:31PM
Base instinct: how Chinese visit to Cambodia reignited rumour of navy port plan

Docking of warships revived speculation about implications of close military ties and whether Beijing wants to strengthen its hand in disputed waters.

Docking of warships revived speculation about implications of close military ties and whether Beijing wants to strengthen its hand in disputed waters.

13 Jan 2019 - 9:45PM
Cambodia’s election: against Hun Sen, only way to win is to not vote

With no independent observers, ‘monitors’ who intimidate voters and ballot-stuffing all on the table, the prime minister appears to be competing only with credibility itself – and he’s losing.

With no independent observers, ‘monitors’ who intimidate voters and ballot-stuffing all on the table, the prime minister appears to be competing only with credibility itself – and he’s losing.

28 Jul 2018 - 5:11PM
A Mahathir-like figure, a car crash, and Cambodia’s ‘election’

Prince Norodom Ranariddh was a former leader returning to politics, but his severe injury in a head-on collision means Prime Minister Hun Sen is unable to give voters even the veneer of an honest election.

Prince Norodom Ranariddh was a former leader returning to politics, but his severe injury in a head-on collision means Prime Minister Hun Sen is unable to give voters even the veneer of an honest election.

22 Jul 2018 - 1:08PM
Cambodia’s dirty dozen: Hun Sen rules with army of usual suspects

The Cambodian prime minister appears to be taking a leaf out of the history books, solidifying his power by enmeshing his party with the armed forces.

The Cambodian prime minister appears to be taking a leaf out of the history books, solidifying his power by enmeshing his party with the armed forces.

1 Jul 2018 - 12:45PM
Japan plays China’s game in Cambodia. Hun Sen wins

As Phnom Penh cracks down on political opposition, Tokyo keeps quiet to retain its influence and not cede ground to Beijing. Meanwhile, strongman Hun Sen cynically plays off the two powers for his own benefit.

As Phnom Penh cracks down on political opposition, Tokyo keeps quiet to retain its influence and not cede ground to Beijing. Meanwhile, strongman Hun Sen cynically plays off the two powers for his own benefit.

9 Jun 2018 - 12:52PM