Monday, January 20, 2014


Interview: China's "maritime silk road" initiative vital to further enhance ties with ASEAN: Cambodian experts"

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EDITORS NOTE: Cambodia whose ocean coast is on the Gulf of Thailand, the mouth of which is protected by Malaysia and Singapore hasn't had much confrontation with the Chinese Navy. Cambodia doesn't have any islands that China wants at the moment. Cambodia supports China's new maritime commercial initiative proposed to ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations. The initiative is called the "maritime silk road" and frankly to our ears it actually sounds like a good idea. But so far only Cambodia is aboard and then with reservations. Those reservations are all about the Dragon's aggressive island grabbing naval behavior. When will the Dragon get it, it can't influence ASEAN with out respecting their maritime boundaries, especially not in the maritime sector, even when they have a good a good idea. China is squandering political capital with naval adventurism.
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by Wang Qibing, Nguon Sovan
"PHNOM PENH, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian experts have voiced their supports for China's initiative of a "maritime silk road" in cooperation with the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), saying this ambitious plan would bring better connections and closer maritime cooperation if it became a reality."
"This initiative is very good since China and ASEAN are neighbors and have good cooperation in all fields," Mao Thora, secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce, told Xinhua. "This expresses China's strong commitment to build a region of peace, development and prosperity."

" However, he said disputes on the South China Sea could be a major obstacle to such ambitious project.
"If the spats on the South China Sea have not been solved out peacefully, they will be still a major challenge for the initiative," he said.
Editor's note: We rest our case. You can extort from people who fear you, but you can't sell to people who don't trust you. If you want to be a leader in your neighborhood, neither a dragon nor a thug be.

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