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US halts tour of China-linked Cambodian base over access dispute

Visit arranged after American diplomat voiced 'serious concerns' about facility

PHNOM PENH -- The U.S. defense attache to Cambodia abruptly ended a tour of Ream Naval Base on Friday after being denied "full access" to the site, which is undergoing Beijing-backed expansion.

Col. Marcus M. Ferrara canceled the inspection after a "brief visit" to the base, situated on Cambodia's coast on the Gulf of Thailand, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in the country.

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