US military sanctions on Cambodia all about China

Restrictions on importing US-made technology and hardware that can have military capabilities have Beijing in mind.

Last week, the United States slapped an arms embargo on Cambodia. Most commentary has focused on the fact that it was a “symbolic” move by Washington, another way for the US to express its opposition to Cambodia’s increasingly close ties to Beijing.

That, and the consistent US allegations that Phnom Penh could allow Chinese troops to be stationed on Cambodian soil, with the Ream naval base the suspected location.

The embargo came a month after two senior Cambodian military officials – including Cambodia’s navy commander, Tea Vinh, the brother of Defense Minister Tea Banh – were sanctioned over alleged corrupt dealings over the Ream naval base’s redevelopment.

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