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China’s role at the Ream Naval Base, which occupies a strategic position near the southern tip of Cambodia close to the South China Sea, has drawn scrutiny from Washington in recent years.

Washington: 

As China and Cambodia took the first steps on a Chinese funded upgrade of the Ream Naval Base in south Cambodia, the West is worried about what Beijing’s envoy has termed an “iron-clad partnership” between the two countries.

The launch of the project at the Ream Naval Base, which Cambodian officials said will use grant aid from China to renovate the port, comes amid Western concern that Beijing is seeking a military outpost at the Gulf of Thailand facility, reported CNN.

China’s role at the Ream Naval Base, which occupies a strategic position near the southern tip of Cambodia close to the South China Sea, has drawn scrutiny from Washington in recent years, as it monitors for signs of Beijing expanding its military footprint.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman reiterated US concerns about China’s “military presence and construction of facilities” at the base in a meeting with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn last month, according to the US State Department.

Both Phnom Penh and Beijing — which have bolstered economic and diplomatic ties in recent years — have pushed back strongly over such concerns, this week dismissing a report that China is building its own naval facility at the Ream Naval Base.

The denials came after The Washington Post reported on Monday, citing unnamed Western officials, that China is secretly building a naval facility on the northern portion of the base for the exclusive use of its military.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian called the allegations “a typical bullying act” from the United States.

“The US has turned a deaf ear to Cambodia’s position, repeatedly making malicious speculations, attacking and smearing Cambodia, and even threatening and pressuring Cambodia,” Mr Zhao said.

Prak Sokhonn also dismissed “groundless accusations” in a phone call with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on Tuesday, according to state-run news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP).

He added that the renovation of the base served “solely to strengthen the country’s naval capacities to protect its maritime integrity and combat crimes,” reported CNN

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