Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Denies Reports of Plans For Chinese Naval Base

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday dismissed U.S. concerns that he would grant China the right to build a military base in his country, saying such a move would violate the constitution.

During a meeting of his Council of Ministers, Hun Sen noted that U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan met with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn on the sideline of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore last week and expressed concerns about the possible opening of a foreign military base on Cambodian soil.

“I also received a letter from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence raising concerns of the possible presence of a Chinese naval base in Cambodia in the future,” the prime minister said.

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