The groundbreaking ceremony for the Chinese-aided upgrade of Cambodia’s Ream naval base on the Gulf of Thailand. Photo: AP
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Chinese-aided upgrade of Cambodia’s Ream naval base on the Gulf of Thailand. Photo: AP

Chinese help for Cambodian naval base does not mean PLA troops on the ground, say analysts

  • Ream naval base too small and lacking in military significance, Chinese observers point out
  • Cambodia’s security concerns and naval ambitions are of primary importance to Beijing, they explain

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Chinese-aided upgrade of Cambodia’s Ream naval base on the Gulf of Thailand. Photo: AP
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Chinese-aided upgrade of Cambodia’s Ream naval base on the Gulf of Thailand. Photo: AP
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