The Cambodia-US relationship has become turbulent recently. Chad Roedemeier, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, reportedly expressed disappointment on October 7 that Cambodian military authorities chose to demolish the maritime security facility at Ream Naval Base which the US believes is “a sign of US-Cambodia relations.”
The Ream Naval Base gained international attention last year when the US media alleged that China and Cambodia had signed an agreement that would allow China’s armed forces to use part of the base.
Also on October 7, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen refuted these US remarks by saying the dockyards would be open to all, adding: “If one foreign navy ship can make a port visit here then ships from other countries can do the same.”
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