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Cambodia risks 'consequences' if China uses naval base

U.S. State Department adviser Chollet stresses partnerships on South China Sea

U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet spoke with Nikkei in Singapore on Saturday.

SINGAPORE -- Cambodia could face consequences if it allows China to use a naval base in the country, U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet said in an interview with Nikkei, raising concerns over the Beijing-funded expansion of a naval base there.

"We don't think it's in [Cambodia's] interest over the long term," Chollet, who serves as an undersecretary-level policy adviser to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said on Saturday during a visit to Singapore.

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