Cambodia Morning News For May 17

Cambodia Morning News For May 17
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Chinese Companies to Develop New Cambodian Railways
New railways stretching from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, and to the Vietnamese border in the other direction, are to be built under new plans with backing from two Chinese companies.
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

AirAsia planning to set up low-cost carrier in Cambodia — report
AirAsia Bhd is planning to set up a low-cost carrier (LCC) in Cambodia, according to a Khmer Times report. This follows reports over the weekend of the budget airline planning to undertake a similar move in China.
– The Edge Markets

China overtakes Vietnam to become biggest tourist source of Cambodia
China has overtaken Vietnam to become the first largest source of tourists to Cambodia, a Cambodian Tourism Ministry official said on Tuesday.

JC starts with DMK flight
JC International Airlines, a Cambodian-based airline, will inaugurate services connecting Phnom Penh and Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, (DMK) 6 June.
–TTR Weekly

Cambodia’s first rapid transit lines excites real estate investors
Real estate investors are cheering on the announcement of the first automated light railway in Cambodia, reported.
– Property Report

Cambodia’s ‘fragile’ decade: Kingdom ranked poorly in stability index
With the ruling party ominously invoking the possibility of war as elections draw near, a new index suggests the Kingdom is indeed at risk of instability – not thanks to outside challenges to the CPP, but to the government’s own opacity and lack of accountability.
– The Phnom Penh Post

China and Cambodia sign agreements under Belt and Road Initiative
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen in Beijing on Tuesday and the two sides signed agreements on infrastructure, economic issues and technology within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
– Ecns

Struggling to Compete, Pig Farmers Request Government to Curb Imports
Agribusiness tycoon Mong Reththy met with the agriculture minister on Tuesday to seek help for pig farmers who complain they are struggling to compete with cheaper imports from Vietnam and Thailand.
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Rival dealers feud over Nissan rights
The long-running and acrimonious battle for dealership rights of Japanese-manufactured Nissan vehicles in Cambodia has taken another turn with Tan Chong Motor, the brand’s official distributor in the Kingdom, announcing that it is countersuing the local company that has filed lawsuits against it to protect its claim as Cambodia’s exclusive Nissan dealership.
– The Phnom Penh Post

Opposition Leader Returns to Country After 17-Day US Trip
CNRP President Kem Sokha arrived home on Tuesday from the U.S., where he met with officials in the administration of President Donald Trump and raised funds for the party during a 17-day trip to more than a dozen states.
– The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

NEC ‘code of censorship’ slammed
Media experts and observers yesterday called the National Election Committee’s media code of conduct a “code of censorship” that violates Cambodia’s Constitution, warning it should not be used “to justify any clampdown” on media covering the upcoming June 4 commune elections.
– The Phnom Penh Post


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John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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