China, Cambodia look to upgrade military ties along with expanded naval base

Cambodia’s prime minister thanks PLA for support, hopes to advance military cooperation.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday thanked China’s People’s Liberation Army for helping to develop its own armed forces, adding that he hoped both militaries will strengthen cooperation.

During a meeting in Phnom Penh with General Wei Fenghe, the Chinese defence minister, Hun Sen also said Cambodia hoped to maintain peace with China in the South China Sea, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.

Earlier this month, Hun Sen met with US President Joe Biden, who repeated Washington’s concerns about the Ream Naval Base, which China has helped to expand. Biden said it was important for Chinese military activities to be fully transparent at Cambodia’s largest naval base.

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