The stakes are high for both the US and Asian nations bordering vital sea lanes where territory is disputed and military conflict possible.
Foreign participants in a Beijing-organized forum hail Chinese policies as bloody crackdown ensues.
Questions abound over a political agreement reached between Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
One dam project is to come under greater scrutiny while another may be locked in a court battle.
Foreign reporters and observers are prevented from independently verifying state media accounts.
It's in neither country's interest to go to war, experts say.
Beijing downplays report that China is set to overtake the US in terms of purchasing power.
The Ukraine crisis overshadows U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia trip.
The challenge of meeting energy demand in the region may well come at the expense of water resources.