US concerned over Cambodian naval base hosting Chinese military assets amid Beijing-backed expansion

Preparations for a China-backed expansion at Cambodia Ream Naval Base are underway which the US fears would be transformed into hosting Chinese military assets.

Nikkei Asia, quoting a Cambodian Navy official, reported that the Chinese government was “supporting a project” to expand the port and develop a ship repair facility at the base on the Gulf of Thailand.

According to a study published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, based on satellite image collected on October 1, the Cambodian government has demolished a U.S.-built facility at the country’s Ream Naval Base.

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