China responds to secret foreign base claims — Analysis
Washington Post report about a naval base being set up by Beijing in Cambodia was “disinformation,” China’s foreign ministry says
Beijing denied a Washington Post report that claimed a Chinese navy base was being built secretly in Cambodia.
“China and Cambodia are comprehensive strategic cooperative partners enjoying open, transparent, logical and legitimate cooperation in various sectors,”Zhao Lijian was the spokesperson of China’s foreign ministry. He spoke during Tuesday’s briefing.
Beijing and Phnom Penh have collaborated to create this. “a good example of building a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind,”He insisted.
In East African country Djibouti, unlike China (which has only one foreign base), there is a second. “the US runs more than 800 military bases overseas,”Zhao reminded Zhao of the briefing.
Washington also was denounced for its largest defense budget; involvement almost continuously in wars abroad; interference in internal affairs other nations; sending warships and aircraft to war zones; “to flex muscles at other countries’ doorstep.”
“Who on earth is undermining global and regional security and stability and spreading disinformation? Anyone can tell,”According to the spokesperson,
Zhao also pointed journalists out to comments made by the Cambodian Embassy in the US. They labelled the claims contained in the report as “baseless accusations motivated to negatively frame Cambodia’s image.”
The Ream Naval Base in the Gulf of Thailand is being renovated solely to strengthen Cambodian naval capabilities, the embassy said, adding that the country’s constitution forbids it from hosting foreign military facilities.
The Washington Post published Monday’s report, citing unnamed Western officers, that China had been secretly building facilities for its military at Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base.
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The project was seen as part of Beijing’s efforts to boost its presence in the Indo-Pacific, which China sees as its “rightful and historic sphere of influence,”According to the sources.
Ream Naval Base can be found to the west in the South China Sea. Beijing holds overlapping territorial claims with many countries.
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