Phnom Penh – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that an additional $40 million would be spent on weapons from China to modernize the Southeast Asian country’s military.
Cambodia’s military ties with ally China have been under increased scrutiny after concerns expressed by the United States and a report – denied by Hun Sen – of a secret deal to allow Chinese forces to use a Cambodian naval base.
Hun Sen said the $40 million to be spent by Cambodia was in addition to a total of $290 million already given by China for modernizing the forces. He spoke during a visit to a Chinese-funded stadium in the capital Phnom Penh.
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