The location of the fabled realm of ដែនសុវណ្ណភូមិ Suvarnabhumi is shrouded in mystery. A Cambodian scholar believes an inscription on a stone tablet provides compelling evidence that it was in the Kingdom — but he is far from the first person to make the claim for their own country.
Sat 5th Waning Moon of Phussa B.E.2561, January 6, A.D.2018 Year of the Rooster
“Many countries in the region claim themselves as Suvarnabhumi, but they have never had any concrete evidence to prove it,” he said. “Now, we have it, and we must give it the greatest care since it is an important proof of our country’s glory and domination in the ancient times.”
The Phnom Penh Post, Rinith Tiang
Over two decades ago, in the far reaches of Kampong Speu’s Baset district, a group of villagers were excavating a pond when they heard a sound they did not expect: the clink of their shovels on stone.
The drills are a means both countries have been using to manage challenges within their strategic partnership.
Wed 2nd Waning Moon of Phussa B.E.2561, January 3, A.D.2018 Year of the Rooster
The Diplomat, Prashanth Parameswaran Last week, Vietnam and Thailand completed a series of interactions tied to the 36th iteration of joint patrols that they have been regularly holding. The activity highlighted a means that both countries have been using to help address maritime challenges within their broader relationship.
The maritime domain has long factored into wider cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand in their relationship, which, though characterized by animosity for much of the Cold War, has been warming appreciably in recent years, with ties officially elevated to the level of a strategic partnership back in 2013.
This includes not only exploiting areas of opportunity within their relationship in an economic sense (Thailand is Vietnam’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia) or advancing generally shared priorities like stability in the South China Sea, but also addressing ongoing challenges that get less of a public hearing in official statements such as maritime delimitation and illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing. (more…)