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Breaking: PM dismisses report of Chinese naval base deal as 'fabricated news'

Breaking: PM dismisses report of Chinese naval base deal as 'fabricated news'

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday dismissed a Wall Street Journal report that Cambodia has signed a secret agreement allowing the Chinese military to use the Kingdom's Ream Naval Base as "fabricated news".

Defence Minister Tea Banh also rejected the claims, calling the allegations "fake".

“No such thing has happened because hosting a foreign military base is against the Cambodian Constitution. Why would Cambodia need to have a Chinese military presence in its territory?

"We have never discussed anything like this with China's leaders. We have especially not signed any such agreement. It is time to stop using fabricated news about the presence of the Chinese military in Cambodia against us,” Hun Sen told Fresh News.

The Wall Street Journal on Sunday published a report based on US officials saying Cambodia and China have signed a secret agreement allowing the Chinese military to use Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base as Beijing pushes ahead with a plan to have its military stationed around the world.

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