China-Vietnam Dispute Caught Up in Cambodian Politics

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:28 am (UTC+7)
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Protesters hold up Vietnamese flags and anti-China banners in front of the Chinese embassy during a protest against the alleged invasion of Vietnamese territory by Chinese ships in disputed waters in Hanoi, June 12, 2011 (AFP)

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.

4 Responses to “China-Vietnam Dispute Caught Up in Cambodian Politics”

  1. LENNY YOU says:

    ACCORDING TO WORLD MAP, THE SPRATLY ISLANDS ARE MORE CLOSE TO PHILIPPINE, MALAYSIA AND BRUNEI. SO THE PHILIPPINE, MALAYSIA, AND BRUNEI SHOULD SHARE THESE ISLANDS. ON CONTRARY, CHINA, VIETNAM, AND TAIWAN SHOULD NOT BE CLAIM THESE ISLANDS. THIS IS JUST MY OPINION. THIS IS TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT THESE COUNTRIES ARE AGGRESSION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA.

    • Se Samedy says:

      I’m agreed that the Spratly islands are more closed to the Philipine, Malay and Brunei and the paracel islands are closed to the two brother-dragons. The problem how effective the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is ? If we refered to the spratly islands alone, there shouldn’t have numbers of islands occupied by the great china, and its cousin taiwan. why china have a large internal waters which was covering mostly the whole of the south china sea ? who draw its sea map ?

  2. LENNY YOU says:

    IN MY POINT VIEW, CAMBODIA SHOULD FOCUS ON HER ECONOMY AND REBUILD THE COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK JUST LIKE LIKE BACK IN THE 50′ AND 60′S. CAMBODIA WAS THE MOST STRONG ECONOMY DURING THAT TIME. THIS IS THE TIME. LET THIS DISPUTE BE ALONE AT THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. CAMBODIA SHOULD NOT BIAS TO EITHER SIDE BECAUSE BOTH DISPUTE COUNTRIES ARE FRIENDS WITH CAMBODIA.THIS IS THE CHANCE THAT CAMBODIA HAS TO RISE UP AND TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY CATCHING UP THE ECONOMY. NOT TO MENTION BORDER DISPUTE WITH THAILAND. AS LONG AS KHMER PEOPLE UNITED AND RESPECT PARIS PEACE AGREEMENT IN 1991. CAMBODIA WILL BE AT PEACE. ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

  3. Nice point’s altogether, personally I’m going to have to book mark this and return back to it. I love this subject and I wish to read more.

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