US Intelligence Chief Warns of Chinese Military Presence in Cambodia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expressed concern over the report in a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose government denied the allegation.

Phnom Penh – The United States’ top intelligence official has said Washington is wary of a possible Chinese military presence in Cambodia.

In its annual report, the office of the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said the return to a de facto one-party state after the last elections could lead to greater Chinese influence.

“Cambodia’s slide toward autocracy, which culminated in the Cambodian People’s Party’s retention of power and complete dominance of the national legislature, opens the way for a constitutional amendment that could lead to a Chinese military presence in the country,” reads the report.

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