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US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Says

US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Says

30 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute. More

Photogallery Forum Focuses on Sustainable Cambodia

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum about sustainable development in Cambodia, organized by the Enrich Institute. The forum was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center with the financial support from the the Asia Foundation, the Voice of America and others. (Photo: Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer )

Economic Growth Has Come at High Cost, Experts Warn

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum to discuss issues facing Cambodian development.

Asean Integration Could Mean Lots of Growth, Report Says

The country’s GDP could rise by 19.9 percent by 2025, according to the report, published by the International Labor Organization and the Asian Development Bank.

Chevron To Sell Shares of Cambodian Offshore Oil and Gas

Chevron has had those shares for 12 years, but failed to reach a deal with the government over extraction.

Thai Sugar Company Accused of Rights Abuse in Cambodia

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand recently investigated allegations that villagers were forced from their homes to make way for three plantations companies.

Questions Over Release of Kidney Trafficking Suspects

All nine were arrested Saturday and accused of trafficking organs from the Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital.

New Association Seeks To Improve Rice Market

Before the Cambodian Rice Federation was created, 84 companies and three associations were in operation for the collection, production and export of rice.

Video Cambodian Metalwork in Good Business for Tourists' Souvenirs

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Video South China Sea Disputes Expected to Lead US-China Talks

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EU Ban on Cambodian Fish Remains in Place

The ban, instituted in early 2013, has hurt potential fish exports to a potentially lucrative trade partner.

Video Cambodian Minister Vows 'Meaningful' Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government's willingness to make "deep" reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

Video Commerce Minister Discusses ‘Meaningful’ Reforms

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol last week concluded a trade mission in the United States, by emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms, including serious anti-corruption efforts, to improve its investment climate.

Fishers Report Rampant Corruption, Major Depletion of Fisheries

Fish are the main source of protein for many Cambodians, who consume about 63 kilograms of fish per year.

Video Cambodian Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

Video Commerce Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol concluded a trade mission in the United States this week, emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate.

Commerce Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Minister Sun Chanthol admitted that the new-found political will is due to last year’s general election.

Video Short Film Depicts Difficulties for Fishing Families

Conservation International has given people new methods for fishing—and saving money.

Video Cambodia Workers Exodus Hits 220,000

The number of Cambodians fleeing Thailand has soared to more than 200,000 and while Phnom Penh accuses Thailand's new military rulers of sparking the flight of migrant workers the junta says it is not cracking down on illegal immigrants. (AFP)

Cambodian Goods Lagging as Asean Integration Looms

The regional bloc wants to integrate into a economic unit, where workers and goods can move freely within the borders of its 10 nation states.

Video Film Explores Ways To Save the Tonle Sap’s Fish

Conservation International, an environmental organization, has recently finished a film titled “Field Chronicles Tonle Sap: Securing Food for Millions.”

Cambodia’s Workers Falling Behind in Skills, Jobs

A new World Bank report says Cambodia’s labor force lacks the skills to advance the country’s economy, even as an increasing number of young people enter the labor market.

Video Cambodian Workers Flees Thailand Despite Efforts to Defuse Rumors of Crackdown

Cambodians working in Thailand continued to flee the country on Wednesday in a chaotic exodus that appears to be driven by fears of a crackdown on illegal foreign laborers by the military junta that seized power in Thailand last month. (Reuters)

Thailand Says Legal Cambodian Workers Can Return

Officials said Tuesday that nearly 200,000 Cambodians have fled Thailand or been forcibly removed by Thai security forces in the wake of a May 22 coup there.

Challenges, Opportunities in Worker Exodus from Thailand

An estimated 440,000 Cambodians were working in Thailand, many of them illegally, according to government statistics.

Expansion of Diamond Island Brings Environmental Concerns

Real estate investment in the first quarter of this year was $1.4 billion, according to Land Management figures.

Video Cambodian Villagers Express Helplessness to Protect Prey Lang Forest

Villagers in Cambodia's Prey Lang forest say illegal logging has been on the rise on their area, but they are powerless to prevent the deforestation that threatens their way of life.

In Remote Rovieng, a Much-Touted Steel Plant Has Not Been Built

It was to be a joint operation between Cambodia and China worth more than $11 billion.

For Luxury Buyers, a Rolls-Royce Showroom

The luxury car company opened a showroom in Phnom Penh on Monday, with models available beginning at $450,000.

Video Indigenous Communities Say Authorities Collude With Loggers

Indigenous villagers in Mondolkiri province say relevant authorities that are supposed to crack down on forestry crimes instead collude with logging companies.

Video Cambodian Urban Arts Go Global

The work of Lisa Mam, Cambodia’s first female urban street artist, is being shown both in Cambodia and abroad. Venues include high-end hotels in Cambodia and art spaces in Bangkok and New York. Mam recently spoke to VOA Khmer's Im Sothearith via Skype about her current works and future plans.

Video Success in US Possible, Former Ambassador Says

At the close of National Asia Pacific Heritage Month, Sichan Siv, a Cambodian and former US ambassador to the UN, says cultural assimilation had been the key to his success in the United States.

Video Anti-Corruption Demonstrators Converge on Two Institutions

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit on Thursday, demanding investigations into a variety of land grabs, forced evictions and other crimes.

International Union Urges Factories To Raise Wages

An estimated 620,000 workers are employed in nearly 1,000 shoe, garment and textile factories in Cambodia, making the $5.5 billion sector a major driver of the economy.

Striking Caltex Workers Call on US for Support

Negotiations with Chevron and Caltex stalled Tuesday, after the company failed to give a definitive time frame to salary increases.

Caltex Loosing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars, Striking Workers Say

Up to 300 workers from 18 different stations continue to call for a raise in the minimum wage, to $160 per month.

Caltex Workers Continue Strike as Talks Fail

Some 300 Caltex workers at 18 stations in Phnom Penh have joined garment workers in calling for a raise in the minimum wage to $160 per month.

Video Tourists Marvel at Rare And Endangered Birds On Tonle Sap Lake ​

Tourists in Cambodia are being given the chance to get up close with rare and endangered bird species.

Gas Station Workers Join in Strikes for Raised Wages

Employees say they make between $110 and $130 a month at Caltex, a brand under the US-based Chevron Corporation, whose net income in 2013 was $120 billion.

Groups Want US Help in Improving Transparency in Extractive Industries

At least 120 companies, most of them Chinese, have obtained mining licenses in the last decade, as they seek precious metals, oil and gas in Cambodia.

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US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Saysi
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29 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute. In an interview with VOA Khmer, Scot Marciel, the State Department’s top diplomat for Asia and the Pacific, said “regular conversations” will help reduce regional tensions over the sea. “The whole world has an interest in a peaceful South China Sea and in seeing these disputes resolved peacefully and diplomatically,” he said in an interview in Phnom Penh. “So we’ll continue to make that point.” (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

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25 August 2014
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