Pay a visit to a state
stages on two different perspectives: a tribute and a bilateral talk.
But how King and other Cambodian leaders can pursue a bilateral talk if
Cambodian counterpart has no collateral such as business investors or
other essential contingents in Vietnam. If Cambodia cannot pursue that
perspective like Vietnam has retained in Cambodia, all Cambodian's
leader visits to Vietnam is just a tribute to supplement the prowess of
Vietnam's hegemony over Cambodia as well as to totalizing an absolute
Op-Ed: Khmer Young
King's visit to Viet shows two magnificent things: the prowess that
King can use to confront the Viet, and the prostration and gratitude
the King will tribute to the Viet.
Each of them has its cause and effect.
But in accordance to the letter from the so-called Office of the
Monarchy as well as the leaning down towards Viet of Hun Sen government
on behalf of the propaganda of maintaining friendship, comprehensive
development, mutual understanding and lasting cooperation; the King
will ultimately pay homage and gratitude to Viet leaders like recent visit of Leng Peng Long of Khmer NA
as well as many other government leaders and dignitaries.
So, you wish to hear the good result after the King's visit? I am
disappointed since the preparation of this visit. It is just a visit to
a dominate state which all incumbent Khmer leaders have to maintain
this tradition. You can count all those leaders numbering from Prime
Minister Hun Sen, to Mam Som Orn of ministers cabinet, ministers of
each ministries, assembly representatives, and many other incumbent
dignitaries etc are aimed to bow down Viet's leaders in the prospect of
tightening cooperation propaganda. After the current King Sihamuni's
visit, former King Norodom Sihanouk will fully help this cooperation
The author of this article elegantly
and wisely elaborated all aspects of the Monarchy's failure under the
King Sihanouk enthronement. Reflecting from the bas-relief of Bayon and
Angkor Wat to the present appearance of the King, we can perceive the
gradual fading away of the Khmer Monarchy, its fame and institute.
Who has eliminated the Khmer monarchy? No one, but the King
themselves; and King Sihanouk has to take accountable to this frailty.
How about the possible prowess that King Sihanouk should utilize to bargain with the Viet's leaders during his visit?
- First, Min Triet is the Viet's leader from the south, it is
possible that the South and the King as well as the South and the US,
still have common sympathy to each other. Recent reports have
frequently affirmed the differences of the South and the North in
handling with the influence of China. It confirmed about the possible
strife of these two brothers. So how King Sihanouk can see the
differences and utilize it wisely?
- King Sihanouk is a good friend of China's leaders. Will the King
be able to utilize this prowess to bargain with the Viet's leaders? The
King has to grasp his potential power to sit face to face with the
Viet's leaders, not to act as an installed government messenger.
All these two are important for the King visit.
But if the King visit to Vietnam this coming week just an informal
and personal visit like claimed, it is a frail of the King and the
Monarchy Institute that have never realized the bad intention of the
Viet's leaders hidden behind the word "friend", "cooperation" or
"comprehensive development" etc.
Pay a visit to a state stages on two different perspectives: a
tribute and a bilateral talk. But how King and other Cambodian leaders
can pursue a bilateral talk if Cambodian counterpart has no collateral
such as business investors or other essential contingents in Vietnam.
If Cambodia cannot pursue that perspective like Vietnam has retained in
Cambodia, all Cambodian's leader visits to Vietnam is just a tribute to
supplement the prowess of Vietnam's hegemony over Cambodia as well as
to totalizing an absolute installed government.
I am appreciate with Neary Krud for her open-minded and scholarly essay.