China’s Naval Base In Cambodia Undergoes Rapid Construction; Can Host An Aircraft Carrier – Satellite Images Reveal

In what appears to be another step towards realizing Chinese ambitions in the Indo-Pacific, a new set of satellite images reveals that the country has, since 2020, made progress toward constructing a naval base in Cambodia, with several structures now nearing completion.

Tom Shugart, a former US Navy submariner and defense analyst, published satellite images that he obtained from Planet Labs on February 21, providing a comprehensive update on China’s progress in building its new base at Ream in Cambodia. The images are dated January 15, 2023.

In a long thread, Shugart attempted to provide an overview of the construction project as of January 2024, in comparison to March 2020, when the work had first started.

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