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Cambodia naval base set to undergo China-led expansion

Washington fears shift as US-funded buildings seen demolished

Left: The headquarters building at Cambodia's Ream Naval Base as it stood on Aug. 22. Right: The demolished site on Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy of CSIS)

PHNOM PENH -- Preparations are underway for a China-backed expansion at Cambodia Ream Naval Base, a facility the U.S. fears will be transformed to host Chinese military assets.

A top Royal Cambodian Navy official told Nikkei Asia on Saturday that the Chinese government was supporting a project to expand the port and develop a ship repair facility at the base on the Gulf of Thailand.

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