Chinese Warships Visit Cambodia Seen as Sign of China’s Expanding Military Might in Asia

Phnom Penh – The Cambodian navy last week hosted a lavish reception for three Chinese warships that docked in the southern port of Sihanoukville.

The visit follows denials by the Cambodian government over claims that China was seeking to create a de facto military base off Cambodia’s southern coast.

Observers said the visit was part of China’s expansion of its maritime military might in the Southeast Asian region, where Beijing is in dispute with at least four claimant states over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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