US Military Attaché will inspect Ream Naval Base over concerns of Chinese military presence

Naval officers stand guard near patrol boats at Ream Naval Base in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Picture taken during a media trip organised by the government on July 26, 2019. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The government has decided to allow the US military attaché to inspect Ream Naval Base after a top US official expressed concern about an alleged Chinese military presence in Cambodia. A number of political analysts have welcomed the decision, warning that Cambodia could face negative economic impacts should its relationship with the US get worse.