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Bounding the MekongThe Asian Development Bank, China, and Thailand$
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Jim Glassman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834449

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834449.001.0001

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July 2008

(p.169) Epilogue July 2008
Bounding the Mekong

Jim Glassman

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter recounts the competing territorial claims between Thai and Cambodian organizations, particularly on the matter of an ancient Khmer temple called Preah Vihear, which although not itself within the contested space includes extended grounds—containing a variety of ancient artifacts—that do lie within the contested area. In 2008 the Cambodian government brought to the United Nations a request that Preah Vihear be recognized as a UN World Heritage site. Diplomatically, it was seen as best to do this along with Thailand, given potential contestation over the extended temple grounds. However these efforts fell afoul of Thai nationalism and domestic politics, among other issues, especially the tensions attending regionalization and actually existing globalization. The story of this conflict thus illustrates the vexed and contradictory prospects of regionalization.

Keywords:   Preah Vihear, Thailand, Cambodia, United Nations, regionalization, GMS, globalization

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