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Cambodian premier says no to foreign military bases

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says his government will not allow any foreign military base on its territory following media reports that China has lobbied for a naval base in the Southeast Asian country.

Asia Times reported quoting diplomatic sources last month that China has lobbied Cambodia since 2017 for the base in the southwestern province of Koh Kong in the Gulf of Thailand.

Hun Sen, who is on a three-day visit to Vietnam, told reporters Friday at a joint news briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc that the Cambodian Constitution does not allow any foreign military bases.

Hun Sen dismissed the report that there are plans for construction of a foreign military base in Cambodia as “fake news.”

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