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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

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Laos president visits Cambodia amid border dispute

By: Logan Connor - Posted on: February 22, 2017 | Cambodia

As tensions along the Cambodia-Laos border flare, Laos President Bounnhang Vorachith is due to arrive in for a two-day state visit

Phnom Penh's Royal Palace
Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace. Photo: Mariusz Kluzniak via Visual Hunt

Laos President Bounnhang Vorachith is set to arrive in Phnom Penh today for a two-day state visit amid a border dispute between the countries over a road being built in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province.

Little has been revealed publicly about the purpose of the trip, but it is expected to include a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen and, some have speculated, discussions over the border standoff roughly 600km away.

The spat kicked off on 8 February when more than 400 Laos soldiers reportedly moved into Cambodia’s Siem Pang district, demanding that Cambodian military engineers stop work on a 257km road from Stung Treng City to Siem Pang district along the border that was, according to the Laos soldiers, crossing into their country’s territory.

Cambodian government officials largely played down the severity of the dispute, saying the two sides would meet to discuss the situation.

“We constructed the road in Cambodian territory based on the map that was made by France,” Ministry of National Defence spokesman Chhum Socheat told the Cambodia Daily. “However, the Laotian side accused us of constructing the road on the line of both countries’ border.”

“We are trying to solve this problem peacefully because we don’t want to have conflict with our neighbouring country,” he said. “Normally, bringing arms into our territory is wrong but…we don’t want this problem to become any bigger.”

Border disputes between Laos and Cambodia are nothing new, said Ian Baird, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and expert on Laos political history. As some parts of the border are yet to be clearly demarcated, tensions sometimes flare over where exactly the border lies.

Several other locations along the Laos-Cambodia border have seen disputes, including a point along the Sekong river in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province and Laos’ Attapeu province.

Baird said it was possible that a local conflict could break out, but any skirmishes would be unlikely to lead to a sustained military operation, as high-level politicians maintain good relations.

“However, due to the pressure that the political opposition in Cambodia has put on the [ruling Cambodian People’s Party] in past years in relation to border issues,” he added, “including accusing the Cambodian government of not putting sufficient efforts into protecting Cambodia’s borders with neighbouring countries, especially with Vietnam, there is likely to be some pressure on the Cambodian government to show that they are indeed protecting Cambodian territorial sovereignty.

“This is likely to be especially important now, due to the upcoming communal elections later this year in Cambodia.”