Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018

Cambodian Prime Minister says no to foreign military bases

HANOI (Vietnam) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Friday that his government would not allow any foreign military bases on its territory and told the media that China was looking for a naval base in the country as "false information". .

Hun Sen, who is making a three-day visit to Vietnam, insisted at a press briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on the fact that the Cambodian constitution did not allow foreign military bases. .

"I want to emphasize to you that the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia does not allow any country to create military bases in Cambodia," said Hun Sun through a translator.

According to Asia Times, last month, China had been pressuring Cambodia since 2017 to obtain a base in Koh Kong province, in the south-west of the country, in the Gulf of Thailand.

Hun Sen rejected the report.

"There has been skeptical information over the past months about preparations for the construction of military establishments in Cambodia," he said. "I want to say and I just told Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Vietnamese delegation that this is false news and that there is nothing like it happening in Cambodia."

Asia Times said the alleged naval base was part of a $ 3.8 billion tourist development named Dara Sakor Beachside Resort run by a Chinese company. The project would include a deepwater port, an international airport and manufacturing facilities.

It is located in the Gulf of Thailand but has direct access to the South China Sea, the bulk of which is claimed by China. In recent years, China has built seven artificial islands in the controversial Spratly Island chain and placed military equipment on some of them, raising alarm among other countries in the region and the United States.

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