A Cambodian garment worker eats noodles at a Buddhist pagoda outside Phnom Penh. Photo: AP

Cambodia’s noodle war: strongman Hun Sen wants people to slurp for him, not rival

  • Cambodia’s opposition has called on supporters to eat Khmer noodles, in public together as a way to evade a ban on political gatherings
  • But Prime Minister Hun Sen has shrewdly attempted to co-opt the movement, telling the nation that eating noodles is a way for people to challenge the opposition
Topic |   Cambodia

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A Cambodian garment worker eats noodles at a Buddhist pagoda outside Phnom Penh. Photo: AP
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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a 2010 file picture. Photo: Reuters

Singapore moves to soothe row over PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Vietnam-Cambodia comments, denies sympathy for Khmer Rouge

  • Cambodian leader Hun Sen has accused the island nation’s leader of ‘supporting genocide’ for his remarks on Vietnam’s 1978 invasion of Cambodia
  • Vietnam has also protested, leading Singapore’s speaker of parliament to say it was their choice to ‘define the past as they see fit’
Topic |   Singapore

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a 2010 file picture. Photo: Reuters
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