The Yellow River is to China what the Mekong is to Southeast Asia: both the origin and the prop of civilisation, providing water and agricultural land to nurture a growing society. While the Mekong is thought of with affection and gratitude as the “Mother of Waters”, however, the Yellow River has always been feared and distrusted.Read More
While wishing everyone the best for the Pchum Ben holiday - let's see what the Middle Kingdom has been up to in the Kingdom of Wonder as of late...
This week we kick things off with a link to an excellent piece by Elizabeth Economy, the foremost expert on Chinese environmental policy, on that very topic. We highly recommend her book on the issue, The River Runs Black.Read More
Later this week we will be providing our usual round up of events in the world of Sino-Cambodian relations, but today we take a break to pose a question that my own research currently examines, what I call the "Bates Question."Read More
It is no secret that Cambodia’s borders are quite porous. Much of the illegal cross-border trade seems to be accomplished with a nod and a wink – there are established, though of course informal, understandings as to how to get people and goods across formal, legal border crossings, as well as informal border crossings which seem to be well known and accessible, as the author discovered in the course of her field work in Cambodia.Read More
The involvement of Japanese experts in the preparation of the new Civil Code, the Code of Civil Procedure and other requisite legal instruments (so as to ensure a fully functional infrastructure for the recognition of contracts, contract enforcement, the protection of property rights, the enshrining individual rights and the rule of law, into legal code) is reflective of a benign foreign policy adopted by Japan that is aimed at building symbiotic and synergistic relationships with her partners.Read More
Just a brief round-up of some of the events that caught my eye this week, more on Sino-Cambodian relations soon.
The question on everyone's mind since the communal elections in Cambodia is, naturally, what's going to happen in the national elections next year?Read More
If you ever visit Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia, you may have had the pleasure of looking at a curious chain of restaurants called “Pyongyang Restaurants”. These chains are found throughout China and Southeast Asia and are run the North Korean government, staffed by North Korean waitresses, serving North Korean cuisine.Read More
Francis Fukuyama's prediction of the "end of history" and the inevitability of the establishment of liberal democracy clearly took a hit after the third wave of democratization as we continued and continue to observe roll backs of individual rights across the globe. So, why has this been the case? What exactly do we know about democratization?