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’Powerful man’ grabs famous tycoon’s land

This young oknha, identified as Tea Vichet – the nephew of Defence Minister Tea Banh – posted a message on Monday saying: “At this moment, I am facing a problem. A powerful rich person living in Phnom Penh grabbed my farmland!” ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/powerful-man-grabs-famous-tycoons-land

Hun Manet promoted after royal decree

Hun manet, the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, rose to the rank of Commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) – the second most powerful position in the Kingdom’s military – on Thursday after a royal decree. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-manet-promoted-after-royal-decree

Officials told to remain neutral

The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday ordered village and commune chiefs across Cambodia to not abuse their position, and the resources that come with it, by campaigning ahead of the Kingdom’s July 29 national elections. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-told-remain-neutral

Cops in Kampong Cham, Pursat take course in how to prevent riots

Nearly 600 provincial police officers from Kampong Cham and Pursat completed a training course in protest and strike preparedness which taught them how to deal with potential unrest before and after the national elections on July 29. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cops-kampong-cham-pursat-take-course-how-prevent-riots

Gov’t continues China tilt as ties with the US slide on ‘interference’ in Kingdom’s internal affairs

China has granted some $131 million in aid to the Cambodian military. It comes as yet another sign that the Kingdom is strengthening strategic ties with its Asian neighbour to counter increasingly cold relations with the United States. The aid was announced as part of ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-continues-china-tilt-ties-us-slide-interference-kingdoms-internal-affairs

Golden Dragon military exercises end with bang

Amid a hail of 20,000 bullets, the thud of eight helicopters, a hostage rescue demonstration and choreographed martial arts performances, the joint Chinese-Cambodian Golden Dragon military exercises concluded yesterday as officials from both sides praised the expanding relationship between the two countries. ...

Ben Sokhean and Daphne Chen
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/golden-dragon-military-exercises-end-bang

RCAF ‘observing’ in Thailand, with photos showing army-plated vehicles in Bangkok

Days after Cambodian and Thai officials reportedly agreed on closer coordination over “foreign fugitives”, opposition party members who have fled the country for Thailand have provided evidence of Cambodian military vehicles stationed near their homes in Bangkok, increasing fear among asylum seekers that they could ...

Ben Sokhean and Ananth Baliga
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/rcaf-observing-thailand-photos-showing-army-plated-vehicles-bangkok

Few women in upper ranks

Cambodian women make up less than 3 percent of the military’s upper echelons, the ministries of defence and women’s affairs confirmed yesterday. Just 88 women hold ranks of one-star general and above, with one solitary woman ranked a four-star general and a deputy commander-in-chief of ...

Erin Handley and Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/few-women-upper-ranks

Hun Sen’s ‘Win’ set in stone: minister floats plan to immortalise post-dissolution defections

Across the Prek Pnov Bridge, where Phnom Penh gives way to Kandal, the massive foundations of an unfinished stone spire commemorating the achievements of Prime Minister Hun Sen jut up from an otherwise empty expanse. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sens-win-set-stone-minister-floats-plan-immortalise-post-dissolution

Stung Treng border brigade unveiled

The government on Saturday inaugurated a new Royal Cambodian Armed Forces brigade to serve a disputed part of the Cambodia-Laos border. Defence Minister General Tea Banh presided over a ceremony to mark the establishment of infantry brigade 128, which comes under the control of RCAF’s ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5088220/stung-treng-border-brigade-unveiled/

Tea Banh shrugs off threat of international sanctions

Defence Minister Tea Banh expressed indifference to the threat of international sanctions being levied on government officials and the Cambodian economy on Saturday, while ordering his military to be ready to destroy any attempts at an alleged “colour revolution” or popular demonstration over the arrest ...

Mech Dara and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tea-banh-shrugs-threat-international-sanctions

Tea Banh defends recent crackdown

Defence Minister General Tea Banh yesterday told Asean member states and eight other countries how the recent government crackdown on media outlets and NGOs was legal and justified. ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5087602/tea-banh-defends-recent-crackdown/

Man held by Thais linked to senior Cambodian officials

Cambodian immigration officer Leang Piseth, who is detained in Thailand on suspicion of smuggling weapons, is a relative by marriage of Defence Minister Tea Banh, as well as of recently reassigned Koh Kong Provincial Governor Bun Leut and retired high-ranking Police General Tham Sann, The ...

Shaun Turton and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/man-held-thais-linked-senior-cambodian-officials

Minister scolds Thai outlets

Cambodia’s Ministry of Defence has demanded an apology from Thai media outlets for reports linking Defence Minister Tea Banh to a recent case of alleged cross-border arms smuggling by a Thai air force officer, one which has also ensnared an official from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry ...

Niem Chheng and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-scolds-thai-outlets

PM: No questions for the ministers

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will not allow members of the opposition to question government ministers in the National Assembly (NA), telling a pro-government news outlet that the opposition had to “respect the law first.” ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35026/pm--no-questions-for-the-ministers/

China to help Cambodia’s military

China will help Cambodia improve its military capacity and provide military technical skills, National Defense Minister Tea Banh said yesterday. ...

Ban Sokrith and Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30614/china-to-help-cambodia---s-military/

Indonesia, Cambodia discuss defence cooperation

Indonesia is willing to offer Cambodia’s navy ships at a discount and would like the Kingdom to be involved in joint patrols in the region, Indonesia’s Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu yesterday told the Post, amid his meetings with government leaders. ...

Shaun Turton and Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/indonesia-cambodia-discuss-defence-cooperation

Indonesia’s defense minister to visit

Indonesia’s defense minister will conduct a three-day visit to Cambodia starting today until Thursday, according to a statement from the Indonesian embassy. ...

Cheang Sokha
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28207/indonesia---s-defense-minister-to-visit/

Army to guard voting stations

Voters in next year’s elections will now have to make their choices under the watchful eye of the army after the government issued a decree yesterday establishing permanent military forces at national and sub-national election sites between 2016 and 2019. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27376/army-to-guard-voting-stations/

RCAF officials told to protect the gov’t

Security officials were again exhorted yesterday to protect the “legitimate government” and block any “colour revolution” that threatens it in a meeting of senior Royal Cambodian Armed Forces staff to discuss work conducted over the first six months of the year.     ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rcaf-officials-told-protect-govt

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