by Steve Suwannarat | THAILAND – CAMBODIA

On Thursday, Hun Manet will visit Thailand to talk with his Thai counterpart, Srettha Thavisin, focusing on bilateral relations and regional issues, including cross-border trade and the exodus of Cambodians persecuted by Hun Sen, father of the current PM.


The well-known American museum will return several ancient statues to Cambodia (and two to Thailand) after federal prosecutors, aided by former Cambodian looters, discovered that the artifacts had been stolen from ancient temples. For Cambodians, sculptures are not just works of art but hold the soul of their ancestors.

| 18/12/2023

Today's news: Israel renews attacks on the Strip, the UN says it will not rule out Jabalia refugee camp attack being considered a 'war crime';  The Cambodian government establishes an authority for civil cases, separate from the ordinary courts; Beijing tightens regulations on bank capital to contain financial risks; Senior officials of an Indonesian pharmaceutical company convicted over a drug linked to the deaths of 200 children; Bhutan appoints an interim government ahead of parliamentary elections; Entire Russian settlements beyond the polar circle without heating,wood or coal as winter sets in.

| 02/11/2023

The Cambodian prime minister launched a new, three-phase strategy. Its application is voluntary. Most Cambodians work in the informal sector. Several incentives are available to small businesses and the self-employed. Many fear above all the registration phase and need information about taxable ranges, experts point out.

| 11/10/2023

Thon Ratha, Phuong Keo Reaksmey, and Long Khunthea will not travel to Sweden for the prestigious Right Livelihood Award. They are currently serving a 14-month suspended sentence and a three-year travel ban for raising environmental awareness. Meanwhile, Vietnam detains green energy expert Ngô Thị Tố Nhiên, a sixth environmentalist jailed in two years.


| 03/10/2023

The Royal University of Phnom Penh, Missions Étrangères de Paris, and local historians are behind the conference, which drew young researchers interested in a history that began five centuries ago, well before the French protectorate. For Fr Legnani, from PIME, it was important to remember all those who share “history and suffering with the Khmer people.”

| 17/09/2023
by Steve Suwannarat

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows a major regional cleavage. In Indonesia and Malaysia, support for an active role of religion in politics is growing, Singapore favours religious pluralism, including the right to change religion.

| 14/09/2023
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”