A Chinese Naval Base in Cambodia Signals a New Era of Competition in the Asia-Pacific Region

Time Chinese Naval Base Cambodia Signals New Era Of Competition In AsiaPacific

In October 2020, satellite photos showed that the Cambodian government had demolished two American-built facilities at the Southeast Asian nation’s Ream Naval Base—despite Washington offering to renovate them.

On June 9, China is set to break ground on a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) naval facility at the same base, according to reports first published in the Washington Post. It’s a clear sign of Beijing’s increasingly robust power projection in the Asia-Pacific as it seeks to counter a U.S. policy of containment.

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