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Cambodia slams reports on China military presence as 'fake news'

Officials claim Washington is seeking to sow discord in the ASEAN region

A Chinese navy ship is seen docked after an exercise with Cambodian naval officers in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia, in February 2016.    © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian officials on Thursday denied the country planned to host the Chinese military on its soil, saying recent reports on military facilities there were foreign propaganda to sow discord in the region.

In an almost two-hour news conference, several officials sought to discredit the reports of Beijing's plans to establish a military foothold in the Southeast Asian state as "fake news," a term deployed by U.S. President Donald Trump to attack critical coverage of his administration.

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