The controversial Xayaburi Dam project is a key worry of environmentalists.
China has become Cambodia’s biggest investor, putting some $8.8 billion into the country over nearly two decades, according to online data from the government’s lead investment agency.
An annual meeting of the Mekong River Commission, which includes representatives of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will be held in Laos on Jan. 17.
Ratri Pipattanaopaiboon, a woman, will be released, and Veera Somkwamkid will have his sentence reduced at the behest of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the minister said.
Veera Somkwamkid is facing eight years in prison and Ratri Pipattanaopaiboon six, on charges of espionage and illegal entry into Cambodia.
Some 50,000 Cambodians are thought to be working in Malaysia, either legally or illegally, earning between $135 and $200 per month.
New secretary general Le Luong Minh acknowledges economic, political challenges the South China Sea poses to countries in the region, call for guidelines, cooperation.
An estimated 50,000 Cambodian workers, legal and illegal, are thought to be working in Malaysian households, factories and restaurants, earning between $135 and $200 per month.
This is the fifth such scheme to be broken up in Cambodia in recent years, with cooperation from Chinese authorities, who are having to track extortion operations outside the country after a crackdown within it.
Park Geun-hye has won South Korea's presidential election, becoming the country's first ever female leader.
The declaration was passed at an Asean summit in Phnom Penh in November, despite objections by rights advocates.
Rights advocates worry about vague language in the declaration that could shield autocratic regimes from abiding by international human rights norms.