No Chinese naval base in Cambodia

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Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) holds a press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: TVK (National Television of Kampuchea)

The Prime Minister assured Vietnam that he would not allow a foreign military base to be established in the Kingdom during his meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The premier iterated this at their joint press conference on Friday (Dec. 7) in Vietnam, “I told this to H.E Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Vietnamese delegation, and of fake news, lying news and destructive news.”

“I confirm that the constitution of Cambodia does not allow any foreign military bases in the Kingdom, nor does it allow Cambodian armed forces to go abroad outside the United Nations’ framework.

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“This is not only an issue for Cambodia, but could be of concern to neighbouring countries if this propaganda continues.  I hope that these evil rumours will cease,” Hun Sen said

His comments follow a report by Asia Times that China has been lobbying the Cambodian government since 2017 to use a port in Koh Kong province (on the Gulf of Thailand) as a naval base.

Hun Sen said that PM Xuan Phuc thanked him for clarifying the matter, and that their meeting was marked by honesty and loyalty.

Both leaders vowed to enhance cooperation between their countries, and to continue resolving border issues, so that their border regions remain peaceful.

Six documents were countersigned after the meeting, included agreements on transportation cooperation, border trade, preferential customs, and combatting the smuggle of ancient artefacts.

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