No matter what Mr. Rainsy does, Ms. Becker added, the international community must stop being an enabler of Mr. Hun Sen—legitimizing his regime at key moments—and instead keep up what she said had been good pressure over the last year of repression.
On July 15, China’s government pledged half a billion dollars to the Cambodian government through to 2018. Many have accused the Chinese of purchasing Cambodia’s support in its territorial battle against other Southeast Asian nations over the South China Sea.
“You’ve seen this quid pro quo from the Cambodian government in past years, so it’s nothing new, but it’s very bold right now,” Mr. LaHood said of the aid.
“It’s a strong commitment by the Chinese government over the next three years that puts them through this election period,” Mr. LaHood said.
Oh dear, he was doing fairly well until he said the opposition is against the will of the people. Asshat.Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said he was not surprised to hear people from organizations like IRI attacking the government but did not understand why they did not criticize human rights abuses in other Southeast Asian nations.
“Compare Cambodia with the others. Why don’t they criticize Singapore? Because they have money. Why don’t they criticize Thailand? Because they’re an ally. Why don’t they criticize the Philippines? Because they’re an ally,” Mr. Siphan said.
“This is nothing new. These people are allied with the opposition, and the opposition is against a government that is the product of the people. It’s the will of the people against the will of the foreigners.”
I love the way they compare Cambodia to Singapore .
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