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Cambodia Looks for Middle Ground in the South China Sea

2015-06-29 08:41:22       source:Establishment Post

June 29, 2015

"The South China Sea has become a flash point for conflict between China and some of its Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) neighbours, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam. China’s recent land reclamation around the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands has also strained relations between China and the United States. While, as a non-claimant, the South China Sea is not of direct concern for Cambodia, it holds great relevance to Cambodia as a member of Asean.

The USA has taken a strong stand against Chinese land reclamation and has conducted surveillance in the area. They claim considerable national interests to be at stake in the South China Sea, particularly with regard to freedom of navigation as well as respect for international norms and law. The US is also asserting its role as protector of Asean partners and allies, particularly the Philippines."

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