Is China building a military base in Cambodia?

China's funding of the redevelopment of a Cambodian naval base is raising concerns about its military footprint in the South China Sea. But analysts say the project remains small.

Last week, redevelopment work funded by a grant aid from China began at Cambodia’s Ream naval base on the South China Sea.

During a groundbreaking ceremony, Beijing’s Cambodia envoy, Wang Wentian, said that Chinese-Cambodian military cooperation was a “strong pillar” of an “ironclad partnership.”

For several years, analysts and US government officials have sounded the alarm about a possible Chinese military presence at the Ream naval base, which juts out into the Gulf of Thailand from southern Cambodia.

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