Hun Sen says Cambodian naval base not just for China

China would not have exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday (Oct 7), despite Beijing chipping in for upgrades after a United States-funded facility was razed at the site last month.

The Ream base is strategically located in the Gulf of Thailand, providing ready access to the fiercely contested South China Sea – a key global shipping route.

Beijing claims the majority of the resource-rich sea – vying with six other countries.

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