In Cambodia, a mysterious base at the heart of the Sino-American standoff

In Cambodia, a mysterious base at the heart of the Sino-American standoff

A satellite image taken on April 25, 2022 of the base being renovated in Ream, part of which will be for the exclusive use of the Chinese military. Planet Labs BBC

Report – The establishment of a People’s Liberation Army stopping point in Ream feeds the suspicion of the US administration.

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Coming to the rusty ramparts surrounding the sleepy Sihanoukville airport, you have to turn south for a few kilometers between coconut trees and the construction site to reach this heavenly bay, licked by turquoise waters. From a Buddhist pagoda intertwined with citrus-colored nagas, overlooking the lush Riam Hill, the gray silhouettes of the two “blunt” buildings of the Royal Cambodian Navy can be seen from afar, anchored on a long pier. And then, abroad, the fertile hills of the “Gulf Island”, so baptized in the days of Indochina.

Backpacks, slippers on their feet, groups of nomadic vacationers set out in droves from nearby pontoon before the pandemic to join this promise of ultimate pleasures, a stone’s throw from the nearby naval base, images from the movie the beach, with Leonardo DiCaprio, his head full. Since Covid, the village has regained its tropical vulnerability, but it has become the place…

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