Cambodia

A quarantine official checks the temperature of a Chinese medical expert in Cambodia

Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat

Hun Sen needs somebody to blame for the impending disaster.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

Xi’s Fake History Lesson for Hun Sen

Eager to appease his benefactor in Beijing, the Cambodian leader is excluding China’s role from the Khmer Rouge narrative.

ASEAN foreign ministers shake hands on stage at a summit about the coronavirus called by China in Vientiane, Laos, on Feb. 20.

Hun Sen Is More Worried About Beijing Than the Coronavirus

Cambodia’s autocrat is putting his own people at risk to court his Chinese backers.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin release doves to mark the 68th anniversary of the Cambodian People's Party in Phnom Penh on June 28.

In Cambodia, ‘Rule of Law’ Means Hun Sen Rules

The prime minister uses a shroud of democracy to counter dissatisfaction and thwart the opposition.

Buck Billy is a co-owner of ZIN Adventures, a tour company owned and operated by deportees. He rides in a tuk tuk during ZIN's Good Luck City Tour in Phnom Penh on June 5.

Deported to Their Parents’ Homeland, Cambodian Americans Start Anew

Refugees who fled the Khmer Rouge as children are being deported from the United States in record numbers—and are adapting as adults to life in a country most have never known.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen waves during the Cambodian People's Party ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in Phnom Penh on January 7.

Hun Sen’s Man in Washington (State)

Cambodia’s strongman has found an unlikely American voice.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (centre L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election

Dubious electoral endorsements are becoming normal for dictators worldwide.

A supporter of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) shouts slogans during a demonstration in Phnom Penh on December 17, 2013. (Tang Cchin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Hackers Back Beijing’s Authoritarian Pals

Cambodian dissidents come under cyberattack in run-up to sham election.

An image released November 13, 2017, shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.

There’s No Escape From Australia’s Refugee Gulag

One branch of Canberra's notorious offshore detention system has closed. But the men who were imprisoned there are now stranded on a remote Pacific island that doesn't want them.

Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a "town-hall" meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.

TO GO WITH Thailand-SEAsia-environment-dam,FEATURE by Amelie Bottollier-Depois
This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a fisherman sitting on his boat as he pulls his net from the Mekong river in Wiang Kaen, a district in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai bordering Laos.  The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.     AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.

Cambodian police man a barricade outside a prison in Trapaing Phlong in Tbong Khmum province on September 11, 2017, where opposition leader Kem Sokha is being held after being detained last week.   
Politicians from Cambodia's embattled opposition movement on September 11 protested outside the far-flung border prison where their leader has been held for alleged treason, as strongman premier Hun Sen threatened to dissolve a party floundering under his protracted crackdown.  / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

While Cambodian Democracy Withers, Washington Stands Aloof

While Obama’s “pivot” to Asia gave rights advocates cause for hope, Washington’s longstanding indifference to Cambodia ensured minimal leverage.

Cambodian people cover their heads with local newspapers as they wait to pray for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk at the cremation site near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on February 2, 2013.  A sea of mourners filled the streets of the Cambodian capital on February 1, for a lavish funeral for revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who towered over six tumultuous decades in his nation's history.  AFP PHOTO/TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

The ‘Cambodia Daily’ Is Dying in Darkness

Cambodia’s autocratic leader is trying to shut down his country’s most celebrated journalistic training ground.

Supporter of Cambodian People Party (CPP) ride their motorbikes during the Commune Election Campaign in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2017.
Tuk-tuks blaring pop music and flag-waving party faithful on Saturday led a rally by Cambodia's embattled opposition for upcoming commune elections, a bellwether for efforts to end the three-decade rule of strongman Hun Sen in next year's national polls. / AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodian Democracy Makes Its Last Gasps

An indifferent United States and assertive China have emboldened one of Asia’s longest-serving leaders to embrace outright authoritarianism.

Cambodian protesters burn Vietnamese flags during a protest in front of the Vietnamese embassy in Phnom Penh on October 8, 2014. Cambodian protesters demanded Vietnam to recognise that Kampuchea Krom, which is now a part of Vietnam, is Cambodia's former territory. AFP PHOTO/ TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Wants China as Its Neighborhood Bully

Phnom Penh's pivot toward Beijing has less to do with the United States than hatred for Vietnam.

A security officer assists former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea at the tribunal in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on February 4, 2008.  Nuon Chea sought to delay his first public hearing before Cambodia's genocide tribunal, saying that he needed his foreign lawyer to appeal his detention by the court. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ CHOR SOKOUNTHEA (Photo credit should read CHOR SOKOUNTHEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodians Need Somebody to Speak for Their Ghosts

The U.N. tribunal that just upheld Khmer Rouge convictions is slow, biased -- and entirely indispensable.