Chinese help for Cambodian naval base does not mean PLA troops on the ground, say analysts

Ream naval base too small and lacking in military significance, Chinese observers point out.

China may be helping to upgrade Cambodia’s largest naval base, but that does not mean People’s Liberation Army warships and forces would routinely be posted there, analysts said.

This came as Chinese ambassador Wang Wentian asserted that the Ream naval base project was not targeted at any third party, while underlining Beijing’s firm opposition to moves by some countries to smear its normal exchanges with Phnom Penh.

The project is a symbol of mutual respect and equal communication between China and Cambodia, Wang said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the base on Wednesday.

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