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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Military, Fisheies, Tbaung Khmum Market] Hun Sen, Vietnamese PM Sign Deals on Road, Drugs Fight

Hun Sen, Vietnamese PM Sign Deals on Road, Drugs Fight

The Cambodia Daily | 26 April 2017

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday signed off on cooperation deals with his Vietnamese counterpart, including a new expressway linking the two countries.

Mr. Hun Sen and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met at the premier’s Peace Palace in Phnom Penh to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on numerous projects.


Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen meet in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The most significant of the pacts was a new expressway linking Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City via the border city of Bavet. There have been past discussions about the proposed 167-km toll road, but this marked the first time the two governments put pen to paper agreeing to cooperate in its construction.

[Demographic Vietnamization: Military, Veng Sreng Violence, Ratanakiri] Hun Sen, Tan Dung Sign 9 Agreements During Vietnam State Visit

 Hun Sen, Tan Dung Sign 9 Agreements During Vietnam State Visit

 The Cambodia Daily | 28 December 2013*

[*Hun Sen at his most depressed state; Big Brother summoned the "Strong" man to encourage and advise; one week later, Jan. 3-4, the blood of demonstrating garment workers flowed on Veng Sreng Blvd.]

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday signed off on nine wide-ranging deals with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung during a state visit that ends Saturday, including arrangements to tighten media, public security and trade cooperation, according to Cambodian and Vietnamese state media.

Cambodian state news service Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP) also reported that Mr. Tan Dung asked Mr. Hun Sen to “protect” Vietnamese investors in Cambodia and expressed hope that bilateral trade would hit $5 billion by 2015, nearly double the $2.7 billion achieved in 2013. 

According to AKP, Mr. Hun Sen in turn asked Vietnam to sell electricity to Cambodia at the price both sides had agreed to, to share water along their common border and to finish a road Vietnam is building in neighboring Ratanakkiri province.

Mr. Hun Sen’s state visit to Vietnam comes amid opposition-led protests in Cambodia calling for the prime minister’s resignation, and the airing of long-running resentments here against Vietnamese illegal immigration and investments accused of encroaching on Cambodian land. The protests themselves were triggered by national elections in July that the opposition accuses the CPP of stealing through fraud.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Military, ICT] Vietnam, Cambodia reach consensus on cooperation enhancement

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Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen review the honour guard at the welcome ceremony for the Vietnamese leader on April 25

Vietnam, Cambodia reach consensus on cooperation enhancement
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen agreed on various measures to bolster the countries’ multi-faceted relations at their talks in Phnom Penh on April 25.

VietnamNet Bridge | 25 April 2017

PM Hun Sen considered the Vietnamese leader’s official visit as having historical significance amid the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, voicing his belief that the trip will provide a strong momentum for their traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation to thrive.

He spoke highly of Vietnamese investors’ contributions to his country, noting that the military-run telecom group Viettel, the Vietnam Rubber Group, the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) and other businesses of Vietnam have run profitably and fully paid taxes to the Cambodian Government.

Notably, Metfone-Viettel has paid 400 million USD in taxes over the last decade. They have also contributed to socio-economic development and the care for local people’s material and spiritual life, especially low-income earners and rural residents, he added.

The two PMs agreed to continue promoting trade, services and cooperation between Vietnamese and Cambodian localities, particularly the ones located along the shared borderline. They said locality-to-locality ties have proved fruitful in the spirit of friendship neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation.

They will order the joint committee for border demarcation and land border marker planting to step up negotiations, seek solutions regarding border sections not demarcated, and work closely in border management, thereby enhancing peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development along the shared border.

At the talks, the Government leaders valued the outcomes of mutual visits by the countries’ senior leaders and agreed to increase delegation exchanges at all levels.

They vowed to facilitate and seek effective measures to boost partnership in potential areas such as trade-investment, banking, electricity, mining, oil and gas, industrial tree planting, transport, telecommunications, and education-training.

Vietnam and Cambodia will keep close cooperation in security and defence, they said, reiterating the principle of not allowing any hostile forces to use the territory of this country to sabotage the other’s security and the two countries’ friendship and cooperation.

Both sides are set to enhance collaboration to fight terrorism, transnational crimes, smuggling, drug crime and human trafficking. They will also press ahead with the search for and repatriation of the remains of Vietnam’s volunteer soldiers who sacrificed their lives in wars in Cambodia, the PMs added.

At the meeting, they discussed stepping up connections within the framework of ASEAN and the Greater Mekong Subregion. They also exchanged views on international issues of shared concern.

On this occasion, PM Phuc appreciated Cambodia’s provision of good conditions for Vietnamese expatriates, asking the country to take appropriate measures to soon recognise their legal status and Cambodian nationality. He also called on Cambodia to recognise schools managed by Vietnamese-Cambodians there as part of the country’s education system.

In response, PM Hun Sen promised to direct relevant agencies of Cambodia to provide fabourable conditions for Vietnamese-Cambodians to be treated as equally as expatriates of other countries.

Following the meeting, the two PMs witnessed the signing of cooperation documents. 

Vietnam’s Transport Ministry and Cambodia’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation on promoting the study of the construction of Ho Chi Minh City-Moc Bai and Phnom Penh-Ba Vet expressways. Another MoU on building a voluntary rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Preah Sihanouk province was inked between Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Cambodia’s Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation.

The Directorate of Fisheries under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Fisheries General Department under the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries signed an official letter discussing the extension of the MoU on fishery cooperation for another three years.

Meanwhile, the administrations of Hanoi and Phnom Penh signed a MoU on the assistance to the construction of a Phnom Penh-Hanoi friendship avenue.

After the talks, PM Phuc and his spouse laid wreaths at the Independence Monument, the memorial to late King Norodom Sihanouk, and the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Phnom Penh.
VNA

[Vietnamization: Border, Military, Tbaung Khmum Market] Cambodia rolls out red carpet for Vietnamese PM

Cambodia rolls out red carpet for Vietnamese PM

 Xinhua | 25 April 2017
 
PHNOM PENH, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia on Tuesday rolled out its red carpet for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on his official visit to the kingdom to boost bilateral ties and cooperation.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc was greeted by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen with a brass band and guard of honor at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
The two leaders held talks focusing on politics, economics, trade, investment, tourism, education and health, Kao Kim Hourn, a minister attached to the Cambodian prime minister, told reporters after the meeting.

"In the economic front, the two prime ministers agreed to boost the two-way trade volume to 5 billion U.S. dollars in coming years," he said. Trade volume between the two countries was valued at 2.92 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.

The two leaders also discussed issues related to border and Vietnamese immigrants in Cambodia, Kao said.

At the end of the meeting, the two prime ministers witnessed the signing ceremony of four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) focusing on a feasibility study for an expressway from Cambodia's Phnom Penh to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, the construction of a Phnom Penh-Hanoi Friendship Boulevard, the construction of a rehabilitation center for drug addicts in southwestern Cambodia's Preah Sihanouk province, and renewed fishery cooperation.

Kao said the Vietnamese side agreed to provide 3 million dollars to Cambodia for the construction of the rehabilitation center for drug addicts and 2 million dollars to develop a market in southeastern Cambodia's Tboung Khmum province.
The Vietnamese prime minister arrived in Cambodia on Monday for a two-day visit.

[Vietnamization: Border] Prime Minister tightens amity with Cambodian royal family

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his spouse (left) visited Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni right after his arrival in the country yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo

Prime Minister tightens amity with Cambodian royal family
 
 Viet Nam News | 25 April 2017
 
PHNOM PENH – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc visited Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni upon his arrival in the country yesterday.
At the meeting, PM Phúc expressed his pleasure to visit Cambodia when the two countries are celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
He lauded socio-economic achievements Cambodia has made under the reign of King Norodom Sihamoni, particularly elevating its position in the region and the world.
Highlighting the King’s contributions to consolidating the partnership between Việt Nam and Cambodia, PM Phúc said he hopes the King’s will continue enhancing the ties.
Việt Nam attaches importance to friendship with Cambodia, he said, adding that Việt Nam continuously remembers the King’s assistance to Việt Nam during its national construction and defence.
King Norodom Sihamoni said he admires achievements Việt Nam has obtained during its national development and recalled the late King Norodom Sihanouk’s recommendations to cement relations with Việt Nam.
He spoke highly of his guest’s visit, saying he believes that it will enhance bilateral co-operation.
PM Phúc took the occasion to deliver an invitation to visit Việt Nam to his host and Queen Mother of Cambodia Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, which was accepted.
The same day, the PM visited the Vietnamese Embassy staff and representatives of Vietnamese expatriates living and studying in Cambodia.

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Military] Việt Nam, Cambodia inaugurate cross-border bridge

The Long Bình – Chrey Thom Bridge connecting the southern province of An Giang in Việt Nam and Cambodia’s Kandal Province was inaugurated on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Mạo

Việt Nam, Cambodia inaugurate cross-border bridge

Viet Nam News | 25 April 2017

HÀ NỘI – The Long Bình – Chrey Thom Bridge connecting the southern province of An Giang in Việt Nam and Cambodia’s Kandal Province was inaugurated on Monday.
The inauguration, which took place in Kandal, was attended by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his Cambodian counterpart, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, along with tens of thousands of residents along the shared border.

PM Phúc highlighted the accomplishments in bilateral co-operation, including positive outcomes in economics, trade, investment, security and defense, culture, education and tourism.

He noted that the collaboration between Vietnamese and Cambodian localities, especially cross-border ones, had been enhanced.

The PM stressed the significance of the bridge, saying that it would become the shortest route connecting Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh with Việt Nam’s border, thereby promoting bilateral trade and contributing to poverty reduction in disadvantaged border areas.

The two PMs agreed that the bridge was not only significant in terms of economy, but also politics, culture, society, security and defense, and described it as a symbol of solidarity, friendship and sound cooperation between Việt Nam and Cambodia.

PM Hun Sen took the occasion to thank the Vietnamese Government and people for supporting Cambodia’s escape from the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. At present, Việt Nam still assists Cambodia in the cause of nation building and sustainable development, he added.

The construction of the Long Bình–Chrey Thom Bridge commenced in January 2014. The Vietnamese Government provided a credit package worth US$8.76 million to help the Cambodian government build the bridge.

This is the second biggest transport project in Cambodia after the construction of Highway 78 using  Vietnamese Government preferential credit.

The inauguration of the bridge also marks the two countries’ efforts to complete the land border demarcation and marker planting. — VNS

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Military] កម្ពុជា, ​វៀតណាម ​សម្រេច ​សិក្សា ​រួម​គ្នា​ ដើម្បី​ សាងសង់​ ផ្លូវ​ ល្បឿន​លឿន​ ត​ភ្ជាប់ ​ប្រទេស​ ទាំង​២ | Cambodia, Vietnam agree to researcb together for construction of super highway connecting the 2 countries

នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​វៀតណាម លោក ង្វៀន ស៊ុងហ៊្វុក (Nguyen Xuan Phuc) [ឆ្វេង] និង​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ថតរូប​រួម​គ្នា​នា​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែ​វិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦។ RFA/Hang Savyouth
នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​វៀតណាម លោក ង្វៀន ស៊ុងហ៊្វុក (Nguyen Xuan Phuc) [ឆ្វេង] និង​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ថតរូប​រួម​គ្នា​នា​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែ​វិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦។ RFA/Hang Savyouth

កម្ពុជា, ​វៀតណាម ​សម្រេច ​សិក្សា ​រួម​គ្នា​ ដើម្បី​ សាងសង់​ ផ្លូវ​ ល្បឿន​លឿន​ ត​ភ្ជាប់ ​ប្រទេស​ ទាំង​២

RFA / វិទ្យុ អាស៊ី សេរី | ២៥ មេសា ២០១៧


លោក​ នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​ឱ្យ​ដឹង​ នៅ​ក្នុង​ ហ្វេសប៊ុក (Facebook) របស់​លោក ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ ទី​២៥ ខែ​មេសា ថា, ការ​សិក្សា​ រួម​គ្នា​ ដើម្បី​ សាងសង់​ផ្លូវ ​ល្បឿន​លឿន​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ នៅ​ក្នុង​ ការ​ចុះ​ អនុស្សរណៈ​ ចំនួន ​៤ ស្រប​ពេល​ នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ វៀតណាម លោក ង្វៀន ស៊ុងហ៊្វុក (Nguyen Xuan Phuc)  កំពុង​ បំពេញ​ ទស្សនកិច្ច​ នៅ​កម្ពុជា។

ក្នុង​ពិធី​ ចុះ​អនុស្សរណៈ ​ចំនួន​៤ នៅ​វិមាន ​សន្តិភាព នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ ទី​២៥ ខែ​មេសា មាន​ដូចជា​ អនុស្សរណៈ​ យោគយល់​ អំពី ​ការ​សិក្សា​ រួម​ ស្ដីពី​ ការ​សាងសង់​ ផ្លូវ​ ល្បឿន​លឿន ភ្នំពេញ-​បាវិត និង​ផ្លូវ​ ល្បឿន​លឿន ហូជីមិញ-ម៉ុកបាយ (Ho Chi Minh-Moc Bai), អនុស្សរណៈ​ យោគយល់​គ្នា ​ស្ដីពី​ គម្រោង​ សាងសង់​ មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​ ផ្ដល់​សេវា​ ស្ម័គ្រចិត្ត និង​ផ្នែក លើ​សហគមន៍​ ដល់​អ្នក​ ញៀន ​គ្រឿងញៀន ​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​ ព្រះសីហនុ , អនុស្សរណៈ ​បន្ត​ សុពលភាព ​នៃ​អនុស្សរណៈ​ កិច្ច​សហប្រតិបត្តិការ ​ទ្វេ​ភាគី​ លើ​វិស័យ​ ជលផល, និង​ចុង​ក្រោយ​ អនុស្សរណៈ ​យោគយល់​គ្នា​ ស្ដីពី​ ការ​គាំទ្រ ​សាងសង់​ មហា​វិថី​ មិត្តភាព ភ្នំពេញ-ហាណូយ។

Baby Elephant Lia is helped by her aunt Kery -- the sweetest, cutest image!



Kem Sokha and The Thick Wooden Throne - part 15

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Part 2: Kem Sokha and The Thick Wooden Throne
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Kem Sokha is often seen seated alone in a thick wooden throne on stage, something that you hardly or never see Sam Rainsy doing.  The more vacuous a person, the more props he needs to fill the emptiness.
But now with Tioulong Saumura there, at least he's in the same row as other CNRP leaders and they're not in plastic chairs.
- Theary C. Seng

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 The Wooden Throne Cut Down to Size But Still Stands Alone.  Other CNRP Leaders Promoted from Plastic Even Without Help from Tioulong Saumura.
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 Cushioned.  And more equal?  CNRP Congress, Phnom Penh, 25 April 2017

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Military] Cambodian Opposition Leader Optimistic About Communal Elections

[Background / related]

Vietnam, Cambodia "defence cooperation in order to...foil plots to weaken their relations"

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/157378/vietnam--cambodia-beef-up-defence-ties.html
How Vietnam "foil plots" (democratic elections) to keep its CPP puppet in power in its destruction of Cambodia
...
Hun Sen on Monday warned Cambodians again of war and other negative consequences if they do not vote for candidates from the CPP.

He told CPP supporters in the presence of visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, that there are those in Cambodia who want peace and those who want conflict with neighboring countries
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (2nd from L) greet villagers during the inauguration of the jointly built Cambodia-Vietnam Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge in Koh Thom district of southeastern Cambodia's Kandal province, April 24, 2017.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (2nd from L) greet villagers during the inauguration of the jointly built Cambodia-Vietnam Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge in Koh Thom district of southeastern Cambodia's Kandal province, April 24, 2017.

Cambodian Opposition Leader Optimistic About Communal Elections

RFA | 24 April 2017

Cambodia’s opposition party leader told his supporters in a video speech posted online on Monday that upcoming communal elections will be better than the last ones thanks to a revamped National Election Committee that includes members from both the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

‘In their hearts’, army favours CNRP: Rainsy

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Former CNRP president Sam Rainsy is seen speaking to supporters at an event on Sunday. FACEBOOK

‘In their hearts’, army favours CNRP: Rainsy

Phnom Penh Post | 25 April 2017
Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy told supporters in France on Sunday that members of the military secretly supported the CNRP, comments one analyst suggested were inappropriate in an environment that has seen the role of security services dangerously politicised ahead of coming elections. 

Senior commanders of the Kingdom’s security forces many of whom hold high-ranking positions within the ruling party have repeatedly inveighed against instability and so-called colour revolutions in recent months, rhetoric often viewed by observers as being aimed at the opposition.

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Kandal, Military, Elections] Bridge strengthens bilateral trade ties

The Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge is close to 1.2 kilometers long. Supplied

Bridge strengthens bilateral trade ties

Khmer Times | 25 April 2017

The bridge connecting Chrey Thom district in Kandal province to Long Binh in Vietnam’s An Giang province was officially launched yesterday by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
“The Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge is an important cross-border gate for people in Cambodia and Vietnam,” said Mr. Hun Sen at the inauguration ceremony.
“The bridge will also provide an overland trading route, where goods can be exchanged between the people of both countries,” he added.
Mr. Hun Sen said the bridge would also help Cambodia achieve its target of a $5 billion bilateral trade with Vietnam.
He also pointed out that Long Binh in An Giang province was well known for its vegetables.
“These vegetables can be transported overland to Cambodia, landing first in Koh Thom district in Kandal,” said the premier.
The Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge is close to 1.2 kilometers long and allows vehicles to travel at 80km per hour.
 
The bridge has a total investment of $36.56 million sourced from the two governments – with Cambodia contributing $15.81 million and Vietnam $20.75 million.
 
Construction began in December 2014 [after blood was shed at the beginning of the year in Jan., but still during "Cambodia Spring"] and the bridge was completed this month.

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Military, Elections] Hun Sen touts relationship with Vietnam

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Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at the inauguration ceremony of a bridge crossing the border between Cambodia and Vietnam yesterday. FACEBOOK

Hun Sen touts relationship with Vietnam

Phnom Penh Post | 25 April 2017

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday accused “some people” of trying to instigate conflict, and even war, between the country and its neighbours, while personally claiming responsibility for peace and regional cooperation in a thinly veiled swipe at the opposition’s past use of anti-Vietnamese rhetoric.

Speaking at the inauguration of a new bridge, the premier touted his government’s successes in transforming a battle-torn country into a developed, cooperative and trade-friendly state. However, he added, unnamed actors were looking to do the opposite.

“Do our people want to exchange goods and travel to other [countries] or want to dig bunkers as in the past to fight each other?” he said.

Hun Sen, along with his Vietnamese counterpart, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, was inaugurating the Chrey Thom-Long Binh bridge, which will connect Cambodia’s Kandal province to the An Giang province across the border.

The premier went on to repeat his achievements in bringing peace and development along the Cambodia-Vietnam border, only this time around he did so in Vietnamese.

“When they see me speaking in Vietnamese language they called me Vietnam’s puppet, but no one calls me a French or British puppet when I speak French or English,” he said.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party and its forebears have long sought to exploit Cambodians’ historically fraught relationship with their eastern neighbour, often highlighting the ruling party’s links to Vietnam, which first placed Hun Sen and other senior CPP officials’ in power following the Vietnamese-backed invasion that ousted the Khmer Rouge.

The intensity of the rhetoric has at times led to accusations of race-baiting, particularly on the issues of Vietnamese immigration and outstanding border disputes with Vietnam.
 
Reached yesterday, CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua said the party’s raising of the border or immigration issues was in no way an attempt to stoke tensions with Vietnam.

She added that if the CNRP were to come to power it would maintain good relations with Cambodia’s neighbours while enforcing existing immigration laws to deal with that issue.

[Vietnamization: Border] PM defends choice of language

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Mr. Hun Sen cut the ribbon. AKP
Leaders of Cambodia and Vietnam greet each other as they open a $36 million bridge between their countries. AKP
The prime ministers greet crowds at the bridge opening ceremony. AKP

PM defends choice of language

Khmer Times | 25 April 2017

Prime Minister Hun Sen has dismissed suggestions he is a “puppet of Vietnam” after he spoke some Vietnamese during yesterday’s inauguration ceremony for the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Bridge.
 
During the event, also attended by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Mr. Hun Sen spoke Vietnamese for about two minutes, translating his own words as he talked about his government’s achievements.

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Kandal] Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc leaves Hanoi for Cambodian tour

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse officially begin their official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia from April 24-25 at the invitation of his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

Vietnam Net Bridge | 24 April 2017

The couple are accompanied by Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Nguyen Chi Dung; Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh; Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia; Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh; Deputy Minister of Public Security Bui Van Nam; Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Thach Du.
This is the first official Cambodia trip of PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc since he took office. The event was also an important event to welcome the Viet Nam-Cambodia Friendship Year in 2017.
The event also targeted to beef up the good neighborly relations, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-lasting ties between the two countries in the new international situation.
Viet Nam currently has 190 investment projects with a total registered capital of US$ 2.89 billion in Cambodia, focusing on agriculture and forestry. Cambodia’s investment in Viet Nam has also been on the rise, with 18 projects worth US$ 58.125 million at present.
Bilateral trade surpassed US$ 2.9 billion in 2016 and is estimated at US$ 936 million in the first quarter of 2017, a year-on-year increase of 11.6%. The Q1 figure consists of US$ 582 million of Vietnamese exports, up 8.9%, and US$ 354 million worth of Cambodian goods, up 16.2% from a year earlier. 
About 960,000 Vietnamese people visited Cambodia and 212,000 Cambodians spent holidays in Viet Nam last year. That made Viet Nam the biggest source of foreign tourists to Cambodia, which in turn ranks 13th in the number of arrivals to Viet Nam.
Cooperation between the two sides’ ministries, sectors, localities and organizations have been reinforced through delegation exchanges, mutual support in economic development, collaboration in health care and culture, and people-to-people exchange, thus helping to maintain peace, stability, friendship and cooperation along the shared borderline.
The two countries are proactively coordinating to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967-June 24, 2017).
As scheduled, PM Phuc will hold talks with his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen, meet with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, President of the Senate of Cambodia Samdech Say Chhum, and Cambodia's National Assembly President Samdech Heng Samrin.  

[Demographic Vietnamization: Border, Kandal, Indochina] Vietnam PM visit to Cambodia to give push for border settlement

U.S. President Barack Obama, fourth left, poses for a photo before the start of the ASEAN-U.S. Summit Meeting at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. From left: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Obama, Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
FILE – U.S. President Barack Obama, fourth left, poses for a photo before the start of the ASEAN-U.S. Summit Meeting at National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. From left: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Obama, Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Vietnam PM visit to Cambodia to give push for border settlement

Inquirer Net | 25 April 2017

HANOI – The two-day official visit of Vietnam’s prime minister to Cambodia on Monday is seen to boost the two countries’ diplomatic relations and push for the settlement of long-standing border issues.

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc will pay an official visit to Cambodia at the invitation Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife from April 24 to 25. Phuc and his wife, afterward, will make a stop in Laos to meet Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith from April 26 to 27.

It will be the first official visit of Mr. Phuc in Cambodia as Vietnam’s prime minister which was also aimed at marking the celebration of Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Year 2017, Vu Mao, president of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Organization said in an email interview.

“The visit aims to promote the comprehensive cooperation of Cambodia-Vietnam relations,” Mao said.

Apart from revving up investment and trade relations between the two countries, Mao said the two leaders are expected “to complete the border demarcation and planting of land border markers at the earliest time in order to build the borderline of the two countries into a border of peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development.”

A long-standing land border dispute has created the tensions in the bilateral relations of the two countries through the years.

In 1996, Cambodia’s First Prime Minister [Funcinpec Prince Norodom Ranariddh] openly accused Vietnam of encroaching on Cambodian territory and discussions on settling the dispute have been going on since. While the last Joint Border Committee meeting in 2016 deadlocked, both sides have expressed the desire to agree to complete efforts to demarcate and plant markers along their 700-mile long border.

Nevertheless, the meeting between Phuc and Hun Sen on Monday will prove favorable for both sides, as “Vietnam and Cambodia always consider each other as partners and brothers,” Mao said.

“Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan’s visit to Cambodia shows that two countries attach importance to and wish to promote the friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation,” Mao said.