US halts tour of China-linked Cambodian base over access dispute

The U.S. defense attache to Cambodia abruptly ended a tour of Ream Naval Base on Friday after being denied “full access” to the site, which is undergoing Beijing-backed expansion.

Col. Marcus M. Ferrara canceled the inspection after a “brief visit” to the base, situated on Cambodia’s coast on the Gulf of Thailand, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in the country.

“Cambodian military officials refused to allow the defense attache full access to the naval base,” the embassy said. “When it became clear he would not be granted adequate access, Col. Ferrara ended the tour and requested Cambodian military officials reschedule the visit with full access at the earliest opportunity.”

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