A Change of Guard

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Saturday 6 May 2017

Conflict in East Sea (Hoang Sa, Truong Sa islands)

Flag of Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation (KKF)

The Khmer Krom are ethnic Khmer who inhabit Kampuchea Krom, an area in southern Vietnam that was once part of the Khmer Empire. According to Vietnamese government figures (1999 census), there are 1,055,174 Khmer Krom in Vietnam. Other estimates vary considerably, with up to 7 million reported to Taylor (2014) in his The Khmer lands of Vietnam. In the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge regime attacked Vietnam in an attempt to reconquer the areas which were formerly part of the Khmer Empire. In 1975-1977, the Khmer Rouge regime controlled An Giang and Kien Giang provinces. In 1979, this military adventure was a total disaster and precipitated the invasion of Cambodia by the Vietnamese army and subsequent downfall of the Khmer Rouge, with Vietnam occupying Cambodia.

Hoang Sa, Truong Sa islands were lost to China in 1974. Now, Vietnam government requests China to return. Cambodia wants to request Vietnam government to return the land of Khmer and Koh Tral (Phu Quoc Island)?

Read more on Khmer Krom in Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khmer_Krom

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