Cambodia Dismisses Chinese Naval Base Editorial as Part of ‘Misinformation’ Campaign

Cambodia’s government has again denied that it will allow China to build a naval base on its coast, dismissing a recent editorial about the likelihood of such a project as “misinformation” aimed at damaging the country’s international image.Last week, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney senior fellow Charles Edel wrote an editorial acknowledging the possibility that China could construct a base in Cambodia’s Koh Kong province based on satellite images showing a Chinese firm rushing to complete a runway capable of supporting military aircraft.Published by Washington-based defense website War on the Rocks, Edel’s editorial noted that while Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has dismissed reports of a possible Chinese base in the country, “his independence seems increasingly doubtful,” given the substantial political and economic support he has received from Beijing since winning an election last year widely viewed as unfree and unfair.“The logic of Chinese expansion suggests that sooner or later, Beijing will need such a military outpost in Southeast Asia, and Hun Sen’s Cambodia presents especially fertile geographic and political soil,” wrote Edel, a former associate professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College..................

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