China ascended to being Cambodia’s tightest partner after the latter experienced difficulties in relations with the West due to differences in ideas and perceptions of human rights and democracy. Bilateral relations went a long way due to Prince Sihanouk’s closeness with Beijing.
While Chinese tourists are welcomed due to their increased spending power, their ill manners and rude behaviors unfortunately put the host countries in a difficult position and also tarnish China’s reputation as a whole.
The 6th plenum has several objectives in mind. One is to foster party discipline amongst the Chinese Communist Party members. Tackling corruption remains high on the agenda as President Xi Jinping has reiterated the need to make party discipline stronger than the law.
The announced possibility of Japanese Emperor Akihito’s abdication has become a much-discussed issue in Japan. He cited his age and state of health as the reasons for his not being able to continue with his royal duties.
In July 2016, Malaysia indicated that China may be welcomed to construct a port in Malacca’s Carey Island as part of the Malacca Gateway project. Chinese ambassador Huang Huikang characterized the USD 10 billion investment in this project as a component of China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative.