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In Cambodia, Panetta Touts Benefits of US Asia 'Pivot'

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, speaks with Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, right, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, November 16, 2012.U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, speaks with Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, right, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, November 16, 2012.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, speaks with Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, right, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, November 16, 2012.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, left, speaks with Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, right, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, November 16, 2012.
VOA News
WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has visited Cambodia for talks aimed at expanding military alliances in southeast Asia, in advance of President Barack Obama's trip for a regional summit.

Panetta, who met with counterparts from 10 southeast Asian nations in Siem Reap on Friday, touted the benefits of Washington's recent strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific.

"This is in many ways the new era of U.S. relationship of this region," he said. "It is based on the principle of rule of laws. It is based on our presence to try to help to develop the capability of these nations. It is based on partnership and it is based on the common goal of advancing peace and prosperity and opportunity of all people and all nations of the Asia-Pacific region."

Panetta, who is on his third visit to Asia since June, announced the Pentagon is increasing the size and number of its military exercises with partners in the region.

He also said that he stressed to Cambodia's leaders and other regional actors the need for human rights, respect for the rule of law, and a more complete political system.

Panetta's visit comes one day before President Barack Obama departs for the ASEAN and East Asia Summit in the Cambodian capital. Obama's three-day trip will also include short stops in Thailand and Burma.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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