Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday reiterated that he would deliver a keynote speech around the theme, “In Search of the New Global Order - Overcoming the Chaos,” at an international conference this week in Japan, where Asian political, economic and academic leaders will discuss global issues.
Mr. Hun Sen will deliver his speech at the ‘Future of Asia,' international conference in Tokyo, where its 25th session this year will run from May 29 to May 31.
A regional analyst said that Mr. Hun Sen is likely to talk about the challenges brought about by rising powers with large emerging economies like China, Brazil, India, and Russia. These countries have contributed to creating a new form of multipolar relations.
Dr. Chheang Vannrith, director of Asian Vision, told VOA Khmer that the premier will also likely discuss the role of ASEAN in the context of this new global order as well as Cambodia’s policy of neutrality.
“In this context, Cambodia has shaken hands with China and Japan, and Cambodia has also shaken hands with Russia and India to absorb the benefits for its national interest,” he said.
The analyst added that the Cambodian leader is driving his country to a new multipolar world order, in which the United States seems to have abandoned its role as the “World Police” amid challenges from emerging powers like China, India, and Russia.
“Thus, his message would be on the issues of multipolar order, the role of ASEAN and the power rivalries between Asia’s powers, and the neutral policy of Cambodia which will not take sides with anyone,” he added.
Hun Sen, who left Cambodia Tuesday for the conference in Japan, is expected to share his perspectives on the current global context, future prospect, and Cambodia’s commitment and contribution to promoting regional and global harmony, peace and shared prosperity.
The two-day conference, to be attended by leaders from across Asia, will focus on a wide range of issues, including trade war between China and the U.S., rivalries for global supremacy of military technology, and the rise of trade protectionism.
According to the conference website, Hun Sen will deliver his speech on May 30 after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
During his visit in Japan, Prime Minister Hun Sen will meet bilaterally with Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, to sign two agreements for development projects in Cambodia, worth about $5 million.
Meanwhile a number of activists and Cambodians living in Japan have planned protests against Hun Sen’s visit, according to a statement from Cambodia National Rescue Movement in Japan.
However, Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan said that the protests would not have any impact on the prime minister’s visit.