The U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh said on Friday its defence attaché had been refused full access to Cambodia's largest naval base during an invited visit, just days after Washington expressed concern about China's military activities at the base.
During its upcoming chairmanship, the country faces a host of daunting challenges. But the year will bring opportunities, too.
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In just a few weeks this spring, Cambodia appears to have built two buildings at its Ream naval base. The work has fed rumors of a looming Chinese military presence in an important part of Southeast Asia.
Almost one in every five Cambodians has already received a dose of anti-coronavirus vaccine, catapulting the country well past wealthier, bigger Southeast Asian neighbours. Like the doses, the success story is labelled 'Made in China'.
The presence of a base in Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand would provide the PLAN with a new southern flank in the South China Sea.
Washington and Phnom Penh suggest it's time for a diplomatic reset but US will need to pay to make fresh inroads.
Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a critic of the Thai prime minister and the military coup he led, was abducted on broad daylight in Phnom Penh in June 2020.
Despite its concerns about China’s increasing influence, the U.S. needs to engage with Cambodia more, not less.
China said Thursday its relationship with Cambodia has made positive contributions to regional peace and stability, after the U.S. expressed concerns about the presence of the Chinese military in the Southeast Asian nation.
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The United States has asked Cambodia to allow a fact-finding visit to a site in the Southeast Asian country where its main benefactor China is allegedly establishing a military presence, a senior Cambodian official said Tuesday.
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The U.S. should propose a post-pandemic development program based on human rights, democratic principles, and the rule of law.
China will help to modernise and expand Cambodia's largest naval base but will not be the only country given access to the facility, Cambodian media reported on Wednesday (Jun 2), quoting the country's defence minister.
Cambodia has indicated a desire to shift out of the shadow of Chinese patronage and pursue a closer relationship with the United States amid a landmark visit to Phnom Penh by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
U.S. senior diplomat Wendy Sherman says Washington has "serious concerns" about China's "military presence" at a naval base undergoing Beijing-backed expansion on Cambodia's coast.
The most senior U.S. official to visit Cambodia in years expressed concern on Tuesday about China's military presence there and sought clarification on the demolition of U.S.-funded buildings, the State Department said.
A new port and a ship repair facility are likely to have been built just north of where US-funded facilities were demolished last year, a think tank says