The Cambodia–Philippines relations refers to the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Cambodia. Relations were formally established in August 1957. The Philippines and Cambodia have maintained cordial ties since the resumption of diplomatic relations in 1995. Cambodia maintains an embassy in Manila and the Philippines also maintains an embassy in Phnom Penh.
There is record of commercial contact between Cambodia and Spanish Manila in the seventeenth century. Cambodia was a source of boat building for Manila because of the excellent timber that came from the country’s forests. Both countries have an agreements on economic and trade relations, agricultural and agribusiness collaboration, and tourism cooperation. Both countries have maintained cordial ties since the resumption of diplomatic relations. The Philippines and Cambodia will sign an agreement to combat transnational crime and terrorism.
The two countries have concluded agreements on economic and trade relations, agricultural and agribusiness collaboration, and tourism cooperation.
Although Cambodia is being China’s close ally, relations between the Philippines and Cambodia remain strong despite a rift in early 2012 over the Association of Southeast Asian Nations failure to issue a joint statement on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the Philippine ambassador in Phnom Penh said. Cambodian Ambassador to the Philippines Noe Wong, described the two countries relationship as “strong and excellent”.
Cambodia recalled its previous Ambassador to the Philippines, Hos Sereythonh, following his accusation that the Philippines and Vietnam used “dirty politics” to push the other ASEAN members for a common stand on the South China Sea dispute. In 2016, Cambodia stopped an ASEAN unified stance using the case ruling that the Philippines won against China. Cambodia’s stance on the issue may impact its own territorial disputes with Thailand since the significance of the Philippines’ case against China is identical to the dispute of Cambodia with Thailand. By ruling in favor of China, Cambodia signaled that Thailand’s occupation on its territories is also just.
Prince Norodom Sihanouk with Philippine Vice President Carlos P. Garcia in Manila, 30 January 1956.
President Rodrigo Duterte with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh on 14 December 2016