Most of all it gave Hun Sen something he has wanted for a long time; a chance to repair relations with the US. These were badly frayed three years ago when the opposition leader Kem Sokha, who looked on course to beat Hun Sen in the 2018 election, was arrested and accused of plotting, with US backing, to overthrow the government. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: How did Cambodia’s cruise ship welcome go wrong?
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Holland America Line, the owner of the ship MS Westerdam, has said the last 781 of its passengers are expected to leave Cambodia on February 20 via Phnom Penh International Airport, the Khmer Times reported. The Cambodian Ministry of Health has confirmed that the remaining 781 guests have tested negative for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). “These results provide the required clearance for the remaining guests in Cambodia to begin their onward journeys home,” a statement by the US-based cruise line said. “The company is working to finalise arrangements for everyone. Those who travelled home previously will be contacted by their local health departments and provided further information.” The statement added that the company will continue to work closely and in compliance with government and health officials in Cambodia, as well as experts from the US Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Westerdam will … [Read more...] about MS Westerdam passengers expected to leave Cambodia today
The global death toll of the epidemic has reached 2,130 – one each in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, France and the Philippines, two each in Hong Kong, Iran and the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently quarantined off Japan, and the rest in mainland China. … [Read more...] about Health check mandated for people entering Vietnam from Laos, Cambodia
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia on February 20 visited and presented gifts to 15 Vietnamese and Khmer families in Samaky hamlet, Phnom Penh capital’s Russey Keo district who were affected by a fire on February 15. The fire made three people, including two children, suffocated. All of them have been discharged from hospital. It also destroyed three out of four classrooms of the Samaky-Tan Tien Primary School, thus affecting the study of over 100 students. Minister at the Vietnamese Embassy Lai Xuan Chien said that the embassy is seeking aid to repair the school and resume its operation as soon as possible./. … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia supports fire victims
Hanoi (VNA) – A joint statement on defence cooperation against disease outbreaks issued at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Retreat (ADMM Retreat) demonstrated the members’ responsiveness to non-traditional security challenges, especially amid the spread of COVID-19 that no country can singlehandedly deal with. The comment was made by Maj. Gen. Vu Tien Trong, Director of the Institute for Defence International Relations under the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence, following the ADMM Retreat that took place in Hanoi on February 19. Trong said the statement was high valued by not only ASEAN countries but also the bloc’s partners in the ADMM Plus mechanism. Meanwhile, ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi said the statement was agreed on in a remarkably short space of time, less than two days. This shows ASEAN defence ministers’ acumen and responsiveness, thus meeting ASEAN people’s expectation that this epidemic will be contained soon, … [Read more...] about Joint statement shows ASEAN’s responsiveness to non-traditional security challenges