Chhay Lim

Chhay Lim

Visiting Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Institute for International Studies and Public Policy, Royal University of Phnom Penh

Chhay Lim is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Institute for International Studies and Public Policy of Royal University of Phnom Penh. He is also an appointed Young Leader for the Pacific Forum International, and a Japanese Government’s MEXT scholar at Ritsumeikan University.

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida presents Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Manet with a Cambodian commemorative silver coin made at the Japanese Mint to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Japan, at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on 18 December 2023. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Reuters)

Cambodia and Japan: Firm friends amid great power rivalry

Cambodia and Japan have elevated their bilateral ties and both sides have room to delve deeper into strategic matters such as maritime security, a priority both countries have emphasised. But this is not without challenges, given different positions in the ensuing China-US rivalry.