Cambodia: A new South China Sea mediator between China and ASEAN?

(From The Diplomat)

Last week, Cambodia’s foreign minister Hor Namhong suggested that Phnom Penh would continue to seek to be a mediator in South China Sea disputes between China and the claimant states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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“Cambodia wants to mediate in order to reduce the tense atmosphere between ASEAN and China because we discern that no solution can be found without talking to each other,” Hor Namhong said according to Voice of America.

For those who follow developments in the South China Sea and Southeast Asia closely, the suggestion of Cambodia as a mediator in the disputes is a rather curious one. Read more



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