PHNOM PENH, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Growing economic and trade relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are crucial to securing long-term peace and shared prosperity in the region, said Cambodian officials, scholars and exporters.
Cambodia is facing complex structural challenge to deal with land disputes. As the economy grows with high influx of capital investment ready to rip benefit from speculation and structural weaknesses of the land management system, tackling the land issues is becoming even more difficult.
Sim Vireak is Strategic Advisor to the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) based in Phnom Penh.
The failure of ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh in July 2012 has been constantly used to build the misleading narrative that Cambodia is China’s ‘de facto proxy’ in Southeast Asia and an ASEAN spoiler. Moreover, It is widely reported that Chinese largesse has irreversibly pushed Phnom Penh into Beijing’s orbit.
Cheunboran Chanborey is a Member of Board of Directors, Asian Vision Institute.