Satellite photos show rapid construction at military base where US has ‘serious concerns’ about China’s presence

In just a few weeks this spring, Cambodia appears to have built two buildings at its Ream naval base. The work has fed rumors of a looming Chinese military presence in an important part of Southeast Asia.

Two new buildings appear to have been built in a matter of weeks at Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, where that construction and demolition of US-funded buildings have raised concerns about a looming Chinese presence.

Satellite photos taken by Maxar and published by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show land clearing beginning sometime after April 17, construction starting in early May, and the buildings finished by May 21.

The two buildings, both about 35.05m long and 6.10m wide, are located just north of the site of facilities built with US support that Cambodia’s government demolished late last year.

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