First stealthily, then by degrees, and now with leaps and bounds, China is building an ocean-going navy and a network of bases to expand its military and political influence. A new secret Chinese military base in Cambodia should wake up the American political class, including the top brass of the US Navy, to what is quickly becoming a global Chinese challenge.
The Washington Post quoted Western officials on Monday about the facility under construction at Cambodia’s Ream naval base in the Gulf of Thailand. The Journal reported in 2019 that Cambodia and China secretly agreed to let the Chinese military use a naval base in the Southeast Asian nation. China and Cambodia denied it at the time.