Beijing: China has been building a naval facility in Cambodia to make it a base for military use. The military presence will be on the northern portion of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, on the Gulf of Thailand, reported by the Washington Post.
This is China’s only other foreign military base right now, after a naval facility in the East African country of Djibouti. According to the report, such bases can permit the operation of military forces in the area and keep an eye on intelligence monitoring of the US military.
It further said the new naval base is part of Beijing’s plan to build a network of military facilities around the world in support of its aspirations to become a true global power.
One Western official said that “we assess that the Indo-Pacific is an important piece for China’s leaders, who see the Indo-Pacific as China’s rightful and historic sphere of influence.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2019 that China had signed a secret agreement to allow its military to use the base, citing U.S. and allied officials familiar with the matter, according to the Wall Street Journal.
However, both countries denied the report. At the time, both Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Chinese Defence Ministry dismissed the reports.