Thai Deputy PM expresses concern over the Thai-Cambodia bilateral relationship; Najib promises to reduce Malaysia’s carbon dioxide emission to 40 percent by the year 2020; Chinese Vice President visits Myanmar;
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  • Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Suthep Thaugsuban expressed concern that the bilateral relationship between Thailand and Cambodia cannot be restored unless Cambodia extradites fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, reports noted. Suthep further reiterated that it was a duty of the Thai government to bring Thaksin back home as he had escaped the state to get involved in political activities.1

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is back in his country having attended the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change. In Copenhagen, Najib made a significant announcement on Malaysia’s decision to reduce its carbon dioxide emission to 40 percent by the year 2020 as compared to the levels recorded in 2005. However, Najib mentioned that Malaysia would require assistance from developed countries in order to achieve this objective.2

    In other developments, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in Myanmar on a day’s visit on December 19 on his way to Cambodia. During the visit, Xi met with a number of top junta leaders, including junta chief Senior General Than Shwe. However, no information has been made available regarding the talks held between the two leaders.3

    Meanwhile, a group of twenty ethnic Uighurs was reportedly expelled by the Cambodian government on charge of illegally entering the country. These people entered Cambodia in search of asylum following the deadly communal violence there in July 2009 in Xinxiang province of China. Reports noted that the Uighurs will be deported to China even as US opposes this action by the Combodian government. The decision to deport the Uighurs was taken just before the visit of Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping to Cambodia on December 20.4