Cambodia-China Deal Suspected in Razing of U.S.-Built Naval Center

Democratic space continues to contract as media self-censors, says special rapporteur.

Contractors have demolished a U.S.-built facility at Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, adding further impetus to reports that the Cambodian government has struck a deal with China for the refurbishment and use of the site.

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the building was the former Tactical Headquarters of Cambodia’s National Committee for Maritime Security. The building had been repaired and re-equipped by the United States and Australia as part of a foreign assistance package in 2012. An adjacent American-built RIB launch and repair facility has not been demolished.

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