Hun Sen Denies China’s Navy Granted Basing Rights in Cambodia

The Cambodian prime minister repeated earlier denials that China has been given exclusive rights to Ream naval base.

Cambodia’s leader declared Monday that China has not been given exclusive rights to use a naval base on the country’s southern coast, and said that warships from all nations, including the United States, are welcome to dock there.

Prime Minister Hun Sen was responding to persistent news reports and concern expressed by Washington that Beijing had been granted basing privileges at Cambodia’s Ream naval base on the Gulf of Thailand.

Speaking at a road construction ceremony in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, Hun Sen said he recently received a message from foreign envoys in Cambodia about the issue.

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