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Chinese language Warships Go to Cambodian Naval Base

Two Chinese language warships have made a primary go to to a Cambodian naval base that Washington has lengthy feared will enhance Beijing’s affect within the Gulf of Thailand.

A Cambodian protection ministry official mentioned on Thursday that Chinese language-funded work to increase the Ream base close to the port metropolis of Sihanoukville can be “completed quickly.”

Cambodian Protection Minister Tea Seiha mentioned on his Fb web page that he had visited the 2 ships docked on the base on Sunday “to arrange a coaching of our Cambodian naval fleet.”

Cambodian officers refused to offer any particulars of the vessels, the aim of their go to or how lengthy they have been staying, however an indication on one of many gangways recognized it as belonging to the Chinese language navy.

Chinese language International Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin mentioned: “China and Cambodia have a particularly deep friendship, and the 2 sides have developed richly profitable cooperation in lots of fields.”

The Vice-Chairman of China’s Central Navy Fee, Basic He Weidong, visited Phnom Penh earlier this week and met Prime Minister Hun Manet.

Cambodia has lengthy had shut relations with Beijing, and US officers fret that the bottom will enhance China’s effort to buttress its worldwide heft with a string of naval and navy outposts.

Satellite tv for pc imagery printed in July confirmed {that a} 363-metre (1,190-foot) pier had been constructed jutting out into the ocean.

Cambodian officers on the time denied the pier was supposed to berth plane carriers.