Cambodian America

Summit a Success, But South China Sea Issue Remains: Analysts

China claims the highlighted portion of the South China Sea. Many other governments also claim all or part of the South China Sea.
China claims the highlighted portion of the South China Sea. Many other governments also claim all or part of the South China Sea.
ReportersVOA Khmer

Analysts say Cambodia handled its first Asean summit for the year with success, but it will face leadership challenges over the South China Sea, as Asean countries and China continue talks.

Officials from Vietnam and the Philippines, both Asean countries, raised the issue at meetings ahead of the final summit earlier this week, with Asean leaders ultimately deciding they would draft a so-called code of conduct, or set of rules, for the sea.

Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told VOA Khmer Thursday that even the code of conduct is complicated because of differing relationships between Southeast Asian countries and China.

“If there’s no China influence, Asean countries could reach a compromise on [the code of conduct] more easily,” he said.

 

Prime Minister Hun Sen told reporters after the last day of the summit that the 10 Asean countries—Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam—had “reached common points regarding the issue,” but he said Asean countries would need to start working with China.

Albert del Rosario, foreign secretary for the Philippines, said a code of conduct should be fully agreed on “before China is invited” for talks.

Indonesia’s foreign minister, Marty Natalegawa, said China seems ready to engage in a dialogue over the code of conduct. “But I think the usual practice is to have an Asean position” first, he said.

A code of conduct would help China and Asean claimants to the sea reduce tensions, but Chheang Vannarith, executive director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, said Asean members should avoid internal divisions over the issue.

“Suppose countries that have a row in the South China Sea push [China] harder, then they can cause pressure on the relationships of others that are not involved in the South China Sea,” he said. “They should see what is a proper, acceptable pace for all.”

Ou Virak said smaller claimant countries will want a unified Asean to discuss the issue, rather than having each individual country in bilateral discussions with a powerful China.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

Click on the photo to go to special page.

Click on the photo to go to special page.

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Documentary Looks at Cambodia’s Heyday of Rock-and-Rolli
X
01 May 2015
An American documentary on Cambodia’s rock-and-roll scene from the 1950s and 1960s screened this week in the suburbs of Washington. “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” is a slice of Cambodian life, showing how its pop culture was growing after the country’s independence from France, only to be destroyed by the rise of the Khmer Rouge. At the American Film Institute screening, in Silver Spring, Maryland, Sin Sethakol, the grandson of famed singer Sin Sisamuth, attended on behalf of his family. (Ly Morivan, Washington)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
X
01 December 2014
You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>