Aun Chhengpor
Aun Chhengpor is a Cambodian journalist based in Phnom Penh. He covers Cambodian politics and development, the Mekong subregion, and Southeast Asian affairs. A media practitioner by training, he also teaches and focuses on expanding his interests in media and information literacy.

With its sanctioning of Cambodian officials and warnings not to invest in the country, Washington’s increased pressure on Phnom Penh not only risks alienating it but undermining Asean centrality, say observers.

The symbolic relationship with Beijing is strategic for the royals, as their future is uncertain given previous tension with the Cambodian government.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will meet Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen as part of a diplomatic drive in Southeast Asia amid the growing US-China rivalry.

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