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Biden Expressed Concern to Cambodia PM Hun Sen About What China’s Doing at the Ream Navy Base

US President Joe Biden met with Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh on November 12, 2022. SAUL LOEB / AFP

U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday raised concerns with the leader of Cambodia about Chinese activities at its Ream Naval Base, stressing the importance of full transparency, the White House said.

But Chinese state media didn’t take well to President Biden’s apparent concern. “Is it an obligation for countries to fully make public their bilateral cooperation contents?” asked Xu Liping, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in a rebuttal published on the Communist Party-run tabloid Global Times.

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