BlackSky details building of China’s secret naval base in Cambodia

BlackSky geospatial satellite imagery intelligence discovers construction to accommodate aircraft carriers at suspect base in Cambodia.

The construction of a secret naval staging facility for Chinese military vessels off the coast of Cambodia was detailed at the DGI London conference on 28 February by geospatial intelligence company BlackSky.

This will be only the second staging facility China has outside of its territory and poses a challenge to Cambodia’s neighbours in the region. In addition, such a facility would allow China further power projection in any future crisis over Taiwan.

On 22 February Radio Free Asia published satellite imagery describing the scale of development that had occurred at the port of Ream from 1 July 2022 until 28 January 2023, outlining new construction and massive land clearance. Radio Free Asia also detailed the construction of two new piers, highlighting that “they seem to be temporary ones to ferry in construction materials and equipment and not naval piers for warships”.

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