Foreign relations of Cambodia

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The Royal Cambodian Government (RGC) has established diplomatic relations with most countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and France, as well as all of its Asian neighbors, to include the People's Republic of China, India, Vietnam, Laos, South Korea, North Korea, and Thailand. The RGC is a member of most major international organizations, including the United Nations and its specialized agencies such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The RGC is an Asian Development Bank (ADB) member, a member of ASEAN, also a member of the WTO. In 2005 Cambodia attended the inaugural East Asia Summit.

International disputes[edit]

Delegates of the ASEAN Summit pose for a photograph at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 19 November 2012.

Cambodia is involved in a dispute regarding offshore islands and sections of the boundary with Vietnam. In addition, the maritime boundary Cambodia has with Vietnam is undefined. Parts of Cambodia's border with Thailand are indefinite, and the maritime boundary with Thailand is not clearly defined.

Illicit drugs[edit]

Cambodia is a transshipment site for Golden Triangle heroin, and possibly a site of money laundering. Reportedly, there is corruption related to narcotics in parts of the government, military and police. Cambodia is also a possible site of small-scale opium, heroin, and amphetamine production. The country is a large producer of cannabis for the international market.

Bilateral relations[edit]

Asia[edit]

Country Formal relations began Notes
 Bhutan See Bhutan–Cambodia relations
 Brunei 9 June 1992 See Brunei–Cambodia relations
  • Brunei has an embassy in Phnom Penh.[1]
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan.[1]
  • The relations are mainly on economics and security.
 Burma See Burma–Cambodia relations
 East Timor 2003 See Cambodia–East Timor relations
  • Cambodia supports East Timor's candidacy in ASEAN and the ICC.
  • East Timor's foreign minister went for a visit in Cambodia in 2003.
 India 1981 See Cambodia–India relations
 Indonesia 1957 See Cambodia–Indonesia relations


 Japan 1950 See Cambodia–Japan relations
  • Japan has an embassy in Phnom Penh.[2]
  • Both Countries relations that in 1946, King Norodom Sihanouk said that Japan do not need to pay for the destruction since 1940, he said Cambodia wanted to be allied with Japan.
 Laos 15 June 1956 See Cambodia–Laos relations
 Malaysia 2 December 1996 See Cambodia–Malaysia relations
  • The relations are mainly in economic.[3]
  • Malaysia consider as one of the biggest investor in the country.[4]
 North Korea 1958 See Cambodia–North Korea relations
  • Cambodia is North Korea's oldest ally in Southeast Asia.
  • North Korean were helped by Soviet Union, China and Cambodia during the Korean War
 People's Republic of China 19 July 1958 See Cambodia–China relations
  • Cambodia and the People's Republic of China relations have strengthened considerably after the end of the Cambodian-Vietnamese War.
  • Cambodia is China's oldest ally.
 Philippines 1956 See Cambodia–Philippines relations
  • The two countries have an agreements on economic and trade relations, agricultural and agribusiness collaboration, and tourism cooperation.
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Manila.
 Singapore 10 August 1965 See Cambodia–Singapore relations
  • Cambodia was one of the first countries to recognize Singapore's sovereignty when it became independent in 1965.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Cambodia in 2005 and 2012.
  • Singapore has an embassy in Phnom Penh.
  • Cambodia has an embassy in Singapore.
 South Korea 1970 See Cambodia–South Korea relations
 Thailand 1468 See Cambodia–Thailand relations
 Vietnam 1605
1991 (reestablished)
See Cambodia–Vietnam relations
  • Bilateral relations between the Cambodia and Vietnam were for long strained due to the Cambodian-Vietnamese War.
  • The maritime boundary with Vietnam is hampered by unresolved dispute over sovereignty of offshore islands.

Europe[edit]

Country Formal relations began Notes
 Croatia 10 September 1996
 Denmark 20 November 1969 See Cambodia–Denmark relations
 France 1863 See Cambodia–France relations
 Germany See Cambodia–Germany relations
 Greece
 Romania 10 July 1963 See Cambodia–Romania relations
  • Romania has no diplomatic office in Cambodia. The diplomatic representation of Romania in Cambodia is handled by the Romanian embassy in Hanoi, in neighbouring Vietnam.
  • Cambodia has no diplomatic office in Romania. The diplomatic representation of Cambodia in Romania is handled by the Cambodian embassy in Moscow, Russia.
 Russia 13 May 1956[8] See Cambodia–Russia relations
 United Kingdom 1953
1976 (reestablished)
See Cambodia–United Kingdom relations

Americas[edit]

Country Formal relations began Notes
 United States 11 July 1950 See Cambodia–United States relations
 Uruguay 1995 See Cambodia–Uruguay relations

Middle East[edit]

Country Formal relations began Notes
 Kuwait See Cambodia–Kuwait relations
 Pakistan See Cambodia–Pakistan relations
  • Pakistan has an embassy in Phnom Penh. Cambodia has an embassy in Pakistan.

Africa[edit]

Country Formal relations began Notes
 Ivory Coast 2008[11] See Cambodia–Ivory Coast relations
  • Guillaume Soro visited Cambodia and met with President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin.
  • The two countries agreed to strengthen their diplomatic ties.
  • Soro pledged to seek possibilities to cooperate in the agricultural sector with Cambodia.
 Malawi 20 July 2011 See Cambodia–Malawi relations
  • In 2011 Cambodia and Malawi have entered into formal diplomatic relations and have agreed to mutually provide all necessary assistance for the performance of the functions of diplomatic representatives in accordance international practice.
 Sierra Leone 18 April 1961 See Cambodia–Sierra Leone relations
 South Africa January 1985 See Cambodia–South Africa relations
  • The Embassy of South Africa in Bangkok, Thailand, is accredited to Cambodia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brunei-Cambodia Relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Brunei). Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Japanese embassy in Cambodia
  3. ^ Kun Makara (24 September 2012). "Malaysia-Cambodia trade increases". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cambodia, Malaysia pledge to further trade, investment relations". People's Daily Online. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Pantheon-Sorbonne University (ed.). "La visite du général de Gaulle à Phnom Penh. Entre mythes et réalités". 
  6. ^ "Bilateral Relations: Cambodia". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Greece). 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Membres" (in French). L'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ http://www.embrusscambodia.mid.ru/dip-policy-e.html
  9. ^ Ly Menghour (30 January 2014). "English Foreign Minister Visits Cambodia". RFI Khmer. 
  10. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-phnom-penh
  11. ^ "Cambodia, Ivory Coast parliament chiefs vow to bolster bilateral ties". Globaltimes. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • [http:// khm . mofat . go . kr / eng / as / khm / main / index . jsp Embassy of ROK in Cambodia ]

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