Vannarith Chheang

Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Vannarith Chheang is a public policy analyst, government relations strategist, and partnership building specialist. He is an adjunct lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, where he offers courses on Politics and Government in Southeast Asia and the International Politics of the Asia-Pacific, and a visiting fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, where he is researching on the impacts of Covid-19 on regional development.

People wait at a traffic light on a street in Phnom Penh on 11 January 2021. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP)

Confucius Institutes accepted in SEA and embraced by Cambodia, unlike in the West

China’s Confucius Institutes have been vilified in the West, but they have gained much traction in Cambodia. This is not surprising, given that Cambodia is one of China's closest allies in Southeast Asia. ISEAS visiting fellow Vannarith Chheang explains why.