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Chinese Building of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base Speeds Up

Satellite image of construction at the Ream Naval Base in Cambodia led by Chinese contractors. Image via CSIS | AMTI.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), a U.S. think tank affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, published satellite images appearing to show rapid progress in the Chinese-constructed Ream naval base in Cambodia, with land being cleared and construction underway.

This will add to ongoing concerns in Washington that the Chinese military will use the base. But a spokesperson for the Cambodian government put the blame for growing geopolitical tensions on the U.S.: “They set an agenda to choose between the US or China,” he said. “ASEAN or Cambodia does not choose the US or China. We do not choose anyone.”

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