Chinese ‘base’ in Cambodia raises suspicions

A construction project in Cambodia being billed as a Chinese military complex has raised concerns in Southeast Asia.

China’s access to air and sea ports in Dara Sakor in Cambodia could improve Beijing’s “overall leverage” in an air-sea battle in Asia, said professor Rommel Banlaoi, a political and security analyst.

Banlaoi, chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research and president of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies, agreed with the observation that a Chinese military base in Cambodia would “solidify” its air and naval power in Southeast Asia.

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