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US questions Cambodia over possible Chinese military presence

Phnom Penh denies speculation amid rising Beijing influence

Personnel of the Royal Cambodian Navy attend a ceremony after participating in an exercise with the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia, in February 2016.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- A senior Pentagon official has suggested that Cambodia may be planning to host Chinese military assets at its naval base.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Joseph Felter made the suggestion in a frank letter last month to Cambodia's Minister for National Defense Tea Banh.

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