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China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs called claims about the secret installation of a naval base in Cambodia "disinformation."
"China and Cambodia are comprehensive strategic cooperative partners enjoying open, transparent, logical, and legitimate cooperation in various sectors," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tuesday, rejecting a Washington Post report that China is secretly setting up a naval base in Cambodia.
On Monday, Washington Post issued a report alleging that China was working in secret to set up facilities for its military at the Ream Naval Base in Cambodia to step up its presence in the Indo-Pacific.
In this respect, the Cambodian embassy said that renewal operations are underway at the naval base operated by the Royal Cambodian Navy off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand to enhance Cambodia's naval capabilities.
Under Cambodia's constitution, hosting foreign military facilities at the naval base is prohibited, the embassy added.