Cambodia morning news for January 21

Cambodia morning news for January 21
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Cambodia morning newsEU Rice Tariffs ‘A Weapon to Kill Cambodian Farmers’
The Ministry of Commerce has expressed regret over the EU’s imposed tariff on Cambodian rice; and considers the measure “a weapon to kill Cambodian farmers”.
— Cambodia News English

EU plays hardball with Cambodian hardman
Cambodia’s strongman leader Hun Sen, a battle-hardened veteran of the Khmer Rouge, faces one of the toughest fights of his long political life this week in Brussels.
— Politico

Cambodian PM Begins Official Visit in China
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, started today his three-day official visit in China, at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart H.E. Li Keqiang.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

China, Cambodia to enhance exchanges
Cooperation with China will benefit Cambodia’s economy and reduce Western pressure, Chinese experts said on Sunday as Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen kicked off his four-day visit to China on Sunday.
— Global Times

Charities Join Forces Over Mine Clearance
Two international charities from the North West have combined forces to help save hundreds of civilians from landmine injuries in Cambodia.
— Cambodia News English

Export Rice Prices Fall on Vietnamese Market
Farmers are worried by the end of January 2019, export prices to the Vietnamese rice market will drop considerably.
— Cambodia News English

‘Empty Forest Syndrome’ Creeps into Northeastern Cambodia
The roar of the tiger has been replaced by the growl of the chain saw in Northeastern Cambodia’s Virachey National Park, along with the honking of great hornbills, which has been supplanted by the chirping of crickets.
— Asia Sentinel

Vietnet to distribute LogRhythm products in Cambodia
Vietnet Distribution JSC is now an official distributor in Cambodia for global cybersecurity firm LogRhythm.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake: where fishermen have no fish and no hope
As far as bodies of water go, Cambodia is mostly known for the Mekong River. It provides fish and transport for millions of people and has become a romantic locale within Indochina.
— South China Morning Post

Chinese firm to invest in cotton plantations
Chinese firm Jiangsu Lianfa is now crop testing in Pursat province, in the country’s west, and will start growing cotton on 180 hectares of land if test results are satisfactory, according to a company representative.
— Khmer Times

Sathapana to issue Visa cards
Sathapana Bank customers can now enjoy debit and credit cards issued by Visa, the world’s leading financial and payment cards company.
— Khmer Times

Chinese investment brings casinos to Cambodia
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is beginning a four-day visit to China, where he will meet President Xi Jinping.
— Al Jazeera

Phnom Penh To Host First Digital Forum
For the first time, Phnom Penh is set to host a so-called Digital Cambodia 2019 – a forum showcasing innovations and potential digital technologies.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

GMAC raises $50k for Kantha Bopha Hospitals
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia on Saturday collected about $50,000 to support the Kantha Bopha Hospital during a fundraising event.
— Khmer Times

Foreign investors in local stock market rising
The number of foreign nationals investing in the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) increased significantly last year, with Chinese and Japanese investors leading the hike, according to the latest CSX report.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia to focus on SME, education and tech startups
The government plans to focus on developing tech startups in the small and medium enterprise, education and digital skills sectors before expanding to tourism, agriculture, and health.
— Khmer Times

Interview: Senior Pentagon Official Visits Cambodia, Talks Phnom Penh Ties, Indo-Pacific Strategy
“Bilateral defense ties have undergone drastic setbacks over the past few years amid Cambodia’s growing closer security ties with China and political tensions surrounding Cambodia’s general elections last year.”
— VOA Cambodia

New deep fried insect takeaway joint pops up in Phnom Penh
While insects have long been considered a tasty street side snack in Cambodia, a woman in the capital is giving this street food delicacy a modern twist at Phnom Penh’s latest unusual takeaway joint.
— Phnom Penh Post

Sar Kheng: Terms to describe government are disrespectful
nterior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday took aim at some politicians and media outlets for using the terms “Phnom Penh regime” and “Hun Sen regime” instead of the official title “Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia”.
— Phnom Penh Post

58 Chinese, Viets, Thais, Khmers and Korean Arrested in KTV Raid
12:15 pm, on January 19, 2019, anti-narcotic polise raided PRO KTV on Monivong Blvd.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodians in US to Protest Lack of Detente With Opposition
Cambodian community activists from the United States and Canada will gather in Washington, DC, Saturday to protest the Cambodian government’s unwillingness to make peace with the country’s banned opposition party.
— VOA Cambodia

Water Taxi Serves Over 30,000 Passengers in 2018
Throughout the first year of its operation – 2018, Phnom Penh-Takhmao’s water taxi served 30,647 passengers, according to the report from Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Cambodian traffic still problematic
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sar Kheng, warned that the number of traffic deaths could double in 2019 if Cambodia does not take measures to prevent/reduce traffic accidents. He put out this warning at the meeting at the Interior Ministry on Friday, Jan. 18, which looked toward new directions the ministry must take.
— Khmer Times

Democracy discussed during meet with Aussie politician
The question of political space and democracy was raised during an over-the-weekend meet between Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Australian Senator Scott Ryan.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Allows Ceremony for Murdered Union Leader, But Blocks March
Cambodian authorities this week gave permission for trade union members to commemorate the 2004 murder of their former president Chea Vichea, forbidding participants to march, however, and warning against the involvement of former opposition party members now banned from political life.
— Radio Free Asia

The Making of Cambodia’s Record Breaking Long Boat
The record for the Longest dragon boat has been broken in Cambodia, with a colossal build measuring 87.3 m (286 ft 5 in) – almost the same length as the height of the Statue of Liberty!
— Cambodia News English

CNE Talks to Kampot Based Writer Steven W Palmer
CNE: Steven, could you give a brief introduction to your background and how you ended up writing from and about Cambodia?
— Cambodia News English

Ministry to submit rubber tax proposal
In a bid to attract more investors to the sector, the Ministry of Agriculture is working on a proposal to reduce taxes on rubber exports.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Opposition Figure to Meet US Lawmakers and Join Democracy Rally in Washington
A senior Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) member, released from prison last year, will join pro-democracy demonstrations in Washington this weekend and discuss his detainment at the hands of the Cambodian government with U.S. lawmakers, he told RFA’s Khmer Service on Friday.
— Radio Free Asia

Wild coffee facing ‘extinction’
THREE in five species of wild coffee are at risk of extinction as a deadly mix of climate change, disease and deforestation puts the future of the world’s favourite beverage in jeopardy, new research warned on Wednesday.
— Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, Australia Speak Highly of Their Relations and Cooperation
Cambodia and Australia have lauded the progress in their relationship and cooperation, particularly in the fields of economy, trade, investment and tourism.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Foreign Ministry Releases Outcomes of AMM Retreat in Thailand
Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today issued a press release on the outcomes of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Jan. 17-18, 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Press


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Education, January 24.


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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