Cambodia Denies ‘Secret Agreement’ With China For Naval Base Use

The Wall Street Journal further added that a Chinese naval base on the Cambodian coast would boost China’s influence in Southeast Asia and help with its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Phnom Penh – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday denied a Wall Street Journal report that Cambodia had signed a secret agreement with China to allow the Chinese Navy use of its Ream Naval base in southwestern Sihanoukville province.

In its publication on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal said the bilateral agreement, signed in spring, would give China exclusive rights to parts of the Cambodian naval base, which is located “not far” from a large airport being built by China on the Gulf of Thailand in neighboring Koh Kong province.

“This is the worst fake news against Cambodia,” said Hun Sen in an interview with Fresh News, a local government-aligned outlet.

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