US presses Cambodia over its ‘larger plans’ to host Chinese military

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The US Defence Department has asked Cambodia to explain why it suddenly turned down an offer to repair a naval base, saying the decision had raised speculation of possible plans for hosting China’s military.A letter to the Cambodian defence minister reflects concern in Washington about the Chinese military presence in Southeast Asia, where Beijing is being increasingly assertive over its contested claims in the South China Sea.The letter from Joseph Felter, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of… ......

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