Dr Chheang Vannarith is a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.
Articles by Chheang Vannarith (4)
In mainland Southeast Asia, the Chinese government’s effective measures to curb the pandemic outbreak at home and the provision of COVID-19 assistance to regional countries have enhanced China’s soft power. Most of the mainland Southeast Asian countries, except Vietnam, have been receptive to China’s COVID-19 diplomacy.
China’s Confucius Institutes have been vilified in the West, but they have gained much traction in Cambodia. This is not surprising, given Cambodia is one of China's closest allies in Southeast Asia.
Chheang Vannarith|Nguyen Huu Tuc
Hedging between the US and China while promoting a rules-based South China Sea will continue to guide Vietnam’s foreign policy.
Cambodia has done relatively well in its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to leadership, targeted measures, and rapid crisis response.