China’s Colonization of Cambodia Continues

Nearby nations will be forced to ‘reexamine their political will to resist Beijing’s coercion and weigh the benefits of a rapprochement instead.’

Satellite imagery captured on October 1 shows that Cambodian authorities have torn down an American-built facility at the nation’s Ream Naval Base in the latest sign of Cambodia’s lurch toward China and away from the United States.

The demolished building was the Tactical Headquarters of the National Committee for Maritime Security. It was constructed by the U.S. and inaugurated in 2012.

“The recent demolition,” the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative wrote, “seems to confirm that changes are underway at the naval base” and “raises questions about rumored Chinese access.”

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