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Opportunities,Challenges and Preparations for Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022

by Lim Menghour, Soeung Rithypanha
This chapter discusses the opportunities and challenges that Cambodia may face during its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022. It also provides a key summary of Cambodia’s preparation in the fields of economic diplomacy, the Myanmar crisis, ASEAN Community building, the pandemic and China-US rivalry.

After joining ASEAN in 1999, Cambodia has prepared the country’s foreign policy and agendas to be in line with those of ASEAN’s. As a result, for the past 20 years, Cambodia has benefited from the membership and has significantly contributed to promoting the ASEAN Community building.
As a member of ASEAN, Cambodia has hosted the Chairmanship of ASEAN twice in the past, in 2002 and 2012. The Kingdom assumes this role again for the third time in 2022, which could be a moment of both pride and pressure for Cambodia. This chapter discusses the opportunities and challenges that Cambodia may face during its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022. It also provides a key summary of Cambodia’s preparation for this milestone event.