U.S military attache visit Ream Naval Base but says Cambodian military did not allow full access

A naval officer walks near patrol boats at Ream Naval Base in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Picture taken during a media trip organized by the government on July 26, 2019. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The visit came after US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman met with Prime Minister Hun Sen early this month, and expressed concern over Chinese military presence and ongoing construction and demolition activities at the Preah Sihanouk province naval base. The government, in turn, said the US could inspect the base and invited the embassy defense attaché, Colonel Marcus M. Ferrara, to tour Ream on Friday.