It’s election season, and that’s creating some interesting news out of Cambodia’s political parties as the South China Sea dispute heats up. First of all, the Sam Rainsy Party has put out a statement in support of China. The statement doesn’t mention the US or Philippines, normal democratic friends of the opposition. It does call China a “great friend and ally.” The US backs Vietnam in this dispute. Meanwhile, the CPP, usually a friend of Vietnam, and often a friend to China, has remained mum on the dispute. These statements may be less about the South China Sea and its islands and more about next year’s commune elections and the 2013 general elections.