US has ‘serious concerns’ about Chinese-funded upgrade to Cambodian naval base, senior diplomat Daniel Kritenbrink says

He said Washington was also worried by China’s ‘coercion to intimidate partners’ regarding South China Sea.

The United States has expressed “serious concerns” to Cambodian officials about the Chinese-funded upgrade of a Cambodian naval base, a senior US diplomat said.


During a digital press briefing on Thursday, Daniel Kritenbrink, an assistant US secretary of state, said he raised issues surrounding the China-funded Ream naval base during his visit to Phnom Penh last week.

Kritenbrink, who last week visited five Southeast Asian nations – Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei – said while his meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet was “very productive, very positive and very candid”, he also addressed matters that worried Washington.

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