Cambodian PM Warns of Colour Revolution in the Kingdom

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has re-appealed to his compatriots to join hands in preventing the colour revolution in the country.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for nearly 2,000 trainees and students of the Institute of New Khmer Generation at the Chroy Changvar International Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said peace is so important and all have to take part in maintaining it.
“We do not allow anyone to commit any act that make Cambodia plunge into war (again). We will not tolerate anyone, both Cambodians and foreigners, who intend to destroy peace in Cambodia under the pretext of democracy and human rights,” the Premier underlined.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen said when millions of people died of civil war, some foreigners seemed not to care, but when there is peace, they often express concerns over this or that.
“For those who are not Cambodian, please do not act as you love Cambodians more than Cambodians themselves,” Samdech Techo Prime Minister said.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian NA Supports Cooperation between Cambodian and Korean Governments

The National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia is satisfied and supports the good cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Government of the Republic of Korea for the interest, progress and prosperity of the two nations.
The comments were made by Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the Cambodian NA, while receiving newly appointed South Korean Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Dr. Park Jung-Wook at the NA Palace here this morning.
Cambodia and the Republic of Korea established their diplomatic ties in October 1997, and both countries’ leaders share a common vision of promoting the bilateral relations and cooperation to the level of strategic partnership, he recalled.
The Cambodian NA president also expressed his gratitude to the Republic of Korea for its significant contribution to the current peace and development process in Cambodia through the provision of grants and concessional loans, infrastructure development, and cooperation in the areas of economy, trade, tourism, education, culture, health, etc.
Regarding the cooperation in the field of parliamentary diplomacy, Samdech Heng Samrin said that the two parliaments have actively contributed to enhancing the cooperation between the two governments through experience sharing, visit exchange and so on, and supported each other on inter-parliamentary forums, both regionally and globally.
For his part, H.E. Dr. Park Chung-wok thanked Samdech Heng Samrin for the warm welcome and congratulated Cambodia on the progress in all domains.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse

China Expands Defense Budget 7.2%, Marking Slight Increase

China announced Sunday a 7.2% increase in its defense budget for the coming year, up slightly from last year’s 7.1% rate of increase.

That marks the eighth consecutive year of single-digit percentage point increases in what is now the world’s second-largest military budget. The 2023 figure was given as 1.55 trillion yuan ($224 billion), roughly double the figure from 2013.

Along with the world’s biggest standing army, China has the world’s largest navy and recently launched its third aircraft carrier. According to the U.S., it also has the largest aviation force in the Indo-Pacific, with more than half of its fighter planes consisting of fourth or fifth generation models.

China also boasts a massive stockpile of missiles, along with stealth aircraft, bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons, advanced surface ships and nuclear-powered submarines.

The 2-million-member People’s Liberation Army is the military wing of the ruling Communist Party, commanded by a party commission led by president and party leader Xi Jinping.

In his report Sunday to the annual session of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, Premier Li Keqiang said that over the past year, “We remained committed to the Party’s absolute leadership over the people’s armed forces.”

“The people’s armed forces intensified efforts to enhance their political loyalty, to strengthen themselves through reform, scientific and technological advances, and personnel training, and to practice law-based governance,” Li said.

Li touched on what he called several “major achievements” in national defense and military development that have made the PLA a “more modernized and capable fighting force.”

He offered no details but cited the armed forces’ contributions to border defense, maritime rights protection, counterterrorism and stability maintenance, disaster rescue and relief, the escorting of merchant ships and China’s draconian “zero-COVID” strategy that entailed lockdowns, quarantines and other coercive measures.

“We should consolidate and enhance integration of national strategies and strategic capabilities and step-up capacity building in science, technology and industries related to national defense.” That includes promoting “mutual support between civilian sectors and the military,” he said.

China spent 1.7% of GDP on its military in 2021, according to the World Bank, while the U.S., with its massive overseas obligations, spent a relatively high 3.5%.

Although no longer increasing at the double-digit annual percentage rates of past decades, China’s defense spending has remained relatively high despite skyrocketing levels of government debt and an economy that grew last year at its second-lowest level in at least four decades.

Li set a growth target of “around 5%” in his address, as he announced plans for a consumer-led revival of the economy still struggling to shake off the effects of “zero-COVID.”

While the government says most of the spending increases will go toward improving welfare for troops, the PLA has greatly expanded its overseas presence in recent years.

China has already established one foreign military base in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti and is refurbishing Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base that could give it at least a semi-permanent presence on the Gulf of Thailand facing the disputed South China Sea.

The modernization effort has prompted concerns among the U.S. and its allies, particularly over Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy that China claims as its territory to be brought under its control by force if necessary.

That has prompted a steady flow of weapons sales to the island from the U.S., including ground systems, air defense missiles and F-16 fighters. Taiwan itself recently extended mandatory military service from four months to one year and has been revitalizing its own defense industries, including building submarines for the first time.

In his remarks about Taiwan, Li said the government had followed the party’s “overall policy for the new era on resolving the Taiwan question and resolutely fought against separatism and countered interference.”

Along with Taiwan, tensions have been rising with the U.S. over China’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea, which it claims virtually in its entirety, and most recently, the shooting down of a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the U.S. east coast.

The huge capacity of China’s defense industry and Russia’s massive expenditures of artillery shells and other materiel in its war on Ukraine have raised concerns in the U.S. and elsewhere that Beijing may provide Moscow with military assistance.

Source: Voice of America

Cambodia Supports China’s 12-Point Proposal To End Conflict In Ukraine: PM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, voiced his country’s support for China’s 12-point proposal, to end the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, saying, “China has played a leading role in seeking peace” between Russia and Ukraine.

Cambodia supports the proposal because it states the respect for international law and principles of the United Nations Charter, Hun Sen said, in a speech during the closing ceremony of an annual conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The proposal has also called for ceasing hostilities, resuming peace talks, and stopping unilateral sanctions, the Cambodian leader said. “These points are in line with Cambodia’s position.”

“In addition, China’s proposal has also focused on the humanitarian aspect, food security, and post-conflict reconstruction,” Hun Sen said.

“Cambodia would like to call on all concerned parties to take China’s proposal into thorough consideration, in order to stop the fighting, to end people’s suffering and destruction of properties and infrastructure, and to bring back peace,” he said.

To push forward the political settlement of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released, last month, a paper stating Beijing’s position on the issue.

In the paper, China put forward a 12-point proposal to end the conflict in Ukraine, by addressing both the symptoms and the root causes of the crisis, and reiterated the necessity to end the conflict through dialogue and negotiation.

Source: NAM News Network

Siem Reap Welcomes China Eastern Airlines’ Inaugural Flight from Shanghai

AKP Phnom Penh, Siem Reap cultural province of Cambodia has received the inaugural direct flight by China Eastern Airlines from Shanghai city of China, after the COVID-19 crisis.
The first flight using A320 with 132 Chinese tourists on board arrived at Siem Reap international airport yesterday evening with a warm welcome from H.E. Top Sopheak, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Tourism, H.E. Yun Linne, Deputy Governor of Siem Reap province, and representatives of relevant institutions.
China Eastern Airlines will operate the Shanghai-Siem Reap route every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
According to H.E. Top Sopheak, Cambodia is expected to welcome this year some 4 million foreign visitors, including 800,000 to 1,000,000 Chinese tourists. Siem Reap alone would receive about 30 percent of the total Chinese tourists expected to visit Cambodia in 2023.
Currently, Siem Reap International Airport registered an average of 250 flights per week and an average of 3,400 tourists per day.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse