U.S. says there is ‘extraordinary’ lack of transparency over Chinese activity in Cambodia

A decision by Cambodia to expand its biggest naval base and allow the Chinese military exclusive use of a portion of it shows an extraordinary lack of transparency, a senior U.S. defense official said on Thursday.

A Chinese official said on Wednesday an “iron-clad partnership” with Cambodia was bolstered by military cooperation, as work began on a China-funded upgrade of Cambodia’s Ream naval base.

Cambodian Minister of Defense Tea Banh has dismissed fears that it would let China build a military base on its soil, saying any country could use the facilities at the Ream naval base, while Cambodia was open to accepting military assistance from anyone.

In full: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/us-says-there-is-extraordinary-lack-transparency-over-chinese-activity-cambodia-2022-06-09/

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