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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Prodigy's Progress

From revolution to realpolitik


1952 BORN APRIL 4 in Kompong Cham, near the Vietnam border. Studied at a pagoda school in Phnom Penh.

1970 Joined the anti-government underground, later known as the Khmer Rouge. Wounded on five occasions.

1975 Lost left eye in the final assault on Phnom Penh.

1976 Married Bun Sam Hieng. They have three sons and three daughters, one adopted.

1977 Fled to Vietnam to avoid a KR purge and helped form an 8,000-man anti-Pol Pot army along the Vietnam border.

1979 After Phnom Penh fell, resurfaced as foreign minister in the Vietnam-backed People's Republic of Kampuchea regime.

1981 Became deputy PM.

1985 At 33, became the world's youngest prime minister, third in the party hierarchy behind President Heng Samrin.

1987 Began talking peace in December with Prince Sihanouk in Paris. The talks lasted for four years.

1989 Oversaw the final phase of the Vietnamese withdrawal.

1991 Signed Paris Peace Accords in October.

1993 Under the U.N.-sponsored general election, his Cambodian People's Party won fewer seats than the royalist FUNCINPEC. Hun Sen still became Co-Premier in a coalition government.

1994 Personally suppressed July coup attempt by Prince Norodom Chakkrapong.

1995 Visited Thailand and the U.N. General Assembly in March. In December, uncovered an alleged assassination plot against him by FUNCINPEC secretary-general Prince Norodom Sirivudh, who went into exile in France.

1996 Angered by Co-Premier Norodom Ranariddh's threat in March to pull out of the coalition because power-sharing arrangements have not been honored. Took trips in July to Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. In August, revealed that former KR No. 3 Ieng Sary was planning to defect with a large part of the rebel force.

1996 On Sept. 15, King Sihanouk signs amnesty for Ieng Sary presented to him by the two co-premiers.

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