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Defence minister to meet UDG in China

Minister of Defence General Tea Banh left for a bilateral military-to-military visit to China yesterday, where it was announced that he would pay a visit to the state-owned Union Development Group, which has drawn the ire of land rights campaigners in Cambodia for forced evictions ...

Cheang Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/defence-minister-meet-udg-china

Tea Banh to meet with firm in land dispute

During a five-day state visit to China that starts today, Defense Minister Tea Banh will meet with officials from the Union Development Group, a Chinese firm that has evicted hundreds of families to make way for its tourism development in Koh Kong province. ...

Aun Chhengpor
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tea-banh-to-meet-with-firm-in-land-dispute-87547/

Hijacked tanker did not enter Cambodian waters, officials say

A Malaysian-flagged oil tanker that was hijacked by pirates last week was spotted in Cambodian waters by the Australian air force Thursday, according to Malaysian state media. Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, however, said the vessel never passed through the country’s territorial sea. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hijacked-tanker-did-not-enter-cambodian-waters-officials-say-85891/

Chea Sim’s bodyguards to return to brigades

Late CPP President Chea Sim’s personal bodyguard unit will be disbanded following the cremation of his body on Friday and its members returned to their former police departments and military brigades, officials said Monday. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/chea-sims-bodyguards-to-return-to-brigades-85629/

Defense minister flies to Russia today on official visit

Mam Sonando, a prominent radio station director and government critic, announced Friday that he would resign from his position as head of the Association of Democrats, an NGO he founded in 2010, in order to create a new political party to stand in the upcoming ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/mam-sonando-to-register-new-political-party-85504/

Chinese influence in Cambodia grows with army school, aid

When Defense Minister Tea Banh addressed graduates last month at Cambodia’s prestigious Army Institute, he directed his thanks to the guests who made it all possible: a group of crisply dressed officers from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). ...

Aubrey Belford and Prak Chan Thul
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/02/us-cambodia-china-military-idUSKBN0MT0SW20150402

Cambodia to attend ASEAN defense ministers'meeting in Malaysia

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh left for Langkawi, Malaysia on Sunday to attend the 9th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting to be held from Monday. “The ASEAN defense ministers will review the latest development of security and defense situation in ASEAN,” ...

Global Post News Staff
http://bit.ly/1CkICdO

Banh says military shows bias toward the gov’t

Defense Minister Tea Banh joked Tuesday that the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) are “biased to the right people” in protecting the government from destabilizing political agitators. Speaking at the annual review of the military’s activities at the Defense Ministry, General Banh said the armed forces ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/banh-says-military-shows-bias-toward-the-govt-79059/

Cambodian, Laos defense ministers pledge to bolster ties, cooperation

Cambodian Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh said, on Monday, that he met with his visiting Laos counterpart Lt. Gen. Sengnuan Saiyalath, and they agreed to further enhance bilateral ties and cooperation for mutual benefits. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/cambodian-laos-defense-ministers-pledge-to-bolster-ties-cooperation-8256

Cambodia agrees to support Malaysia’s proposed Asean Peacekeeping Force

Cambodia has agreed to support Malaysia’s proposed establishment of an Asean Peacekeeping Force, comprising of personnel from all 10 Asean member states to serve the United Nations. ...

M. Kumar
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/02/23/Asean-Hisham-Peackeeping/

Government planning massive memorial to Hun Sen’s legacy

Prime Minister Hun Sen has formed a 20-person committee to plan a sprawling memorial in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district to ensure that his legacy is preserved for generations to come, according to a government order and officials on the committee. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-planning-massive-memorial-to-hun-sens-legacy-78282/

Thai airforce chief visits Cambodia to strengthen ties

Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Treetod Sonjance, paid a two-day visit to Cambodia on Monday in a bid to promote ties and cooperation between the two neighbours. ...

Global Post News Staff
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/150209/thai-airforce-chief-visits-cambodia-strengthen-ties

Defense Ministry official asks for military-plate tax exemption

A Defense Ministry official has requested that vehicles bearing Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) license plates be exempt from paying the country’s road tax, noting that a recent increase in inspections by tax officials could hurt “military officers’ feelings.” ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/defense-ministry-official-asks-for-military-plate-tax-exemption-77590/

Conservationists ask minister to take action

A group of conservationists in Kratie province submitted on Friday a formal request asking Defence Minister Tea Banh to discipline two Kratie-based military commanders. They accuse the officers of profiting from illegal logging and threatening to kill an activist should he continue his work. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/conservationists-ask-minister-take-action

Ebola a worry among peacekeepers

As Cambodian soldiers assembled for a ceremony Wednesday ahead of a one-year peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic, military officials expressed concerns over the Ebola outbreak that has been ravaging parts of West Africa. Since 2006, Cambodia has sent a total of 2,165 peacekeepers ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ebola-a-worry-among-peacekeepers-headed-to-africa-70657/

Cambodian, Thai senior officials meet to strengthen ties

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh on Monday met with new Thai Foreign Minister Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn to discuss ways to tighten bilateral relations and cooperation. ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-09/01/c_133611844.htm

Tea Banh says more soldiers are headed for Phnom Penh

Defense Minister Tea Banh on Saturday said he would add some 700 additional soldiers to the ranks of the military’s Phnom Penh-based Brigade 70 next year so the unit can better help local military police quell protests. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tea-banh-says-more-soldiers-are-headed-for-phnom-penh-67346/

Tanasak to visit Cambodia Aug 30-31

Thai Supreme Commander Tanasak Patimapragorn will visit Cambodia Aug 30-31, possibly to discuss issues related to the Preah Vihear temple. Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha assigned Gen Tanasak to visit meet Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Wassana Nanuam
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/428853/tanasak-to-visit-cambodia-aug-30-31

Cambodian, U.S. senior military officials pledge to enhance ties

Cambodian and the U.S. senior military officials met here Wednesday and vowed to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation for mutual benefits. The commitment was made between Gen. Pol Saroeun, commander-in- Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), and visiting Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-08/20/c_133571371.htm

Minister says kidney program is not secret

Defense Minister Tea Banh on Wednesday denied that a kidney transplant training program at the Preah Ket Mealea military hospital is a secret, though he refused to provide details of the program, which police suspected earlier this week of being at the center of an ...

Khy Sovuthy and Alex Consiglio
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-says-kidney-program-is-not-secret-66470/

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