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Cambodia Denies Report China Building Secret Naval Facility

  • Two countries to break ground on port projects this week
  • US says a Chinese base could threaten Cambodia’s autonomy
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Cambodia once again dismissed concerns China is secretly building a naval facility in the Southeast Asian nation following a report published Monday the two sides are set to break ground on the military projects this week.

Western officials are concerned the countries are concealing moves to establish a Chinese military presence at the Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand, according to the Washington Post. This follows reports in 2019 that Beijing signed a secret pact to allow its armed forces to exclusively use parts of the base, a charge that has strained relations with the US.