The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released on Wednesday what it said to be satellite images showing the construction in August and September of three new buildings and the start of a new road.
US Embassy spokesman Chad Roedemeier said in a statement that any foreign military presence in Ream would violate Cambodia's constitution and undermine regional security.
" The government of Cambodia has not been fully transparent about the intention, nature and scope of this project or the role of the PRC army, which raises concerns as to the intended use of the naval facility, "he said, pointing outreference to China.
"The Cambodian people deserve to know more about the Ream project and have a say in this type of military deal, which has long-term implications for their country.
Cambodia's ties with the United States have frayed over the years. years because of US claims that his ruling party is persecuting opponents and concerns about China. Growing influence.
A year ago, Cambodia reported having razed a funded facility by the United States to Ream Naval Base to allow for further expansion. The United States said Cambodia had refused its offer to repair the base a year earlier.
Cambodia has repeatedly denied the informationthat he was considering letting China place its forces in the facility.
Such a move would be important for China in a region where states United have maintained a regional presence for decades through formerly operating bases or joint exercises in countries such as Thailand and the Philippines.
Phay Siphan, Cambodian government spokesman, said Chinese construction in Ream was part of his development assistance.
" Our port is open to everyone when construction is complete, "said Phay Siphan, adding that China is not building a facility for its military.
"If there are other friends who want to help with the construction, we allow and when the construction is complete, we invite all countries to use it " he said. Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Edited by Martin Petty
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