FILE PHOTO: Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives on the Independence Monument to attend celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the nation’s independence from France, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring/File Photograph
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen mentioned on Monday that an extra $40 million could be spent on weapons from China to modernize the Southeast Asian nation’s army
Cambodia’s army ties with ally China have been beneath elevated scrutiny after issues expressed by the US and a report – denied by Hun Sen – of a secret deal to permit Chinese language forces to make use of a Cambodian naval base.
Hun Sen mentioned the $40 million to be spent by Cambodia was along with a complete of $290 million already given by China for modernizing the forces. He spoke throughout a go to to a Chinese language-funded stadium within the capital Phnom Penh.
Hun Sen mentioned weapons being bought included tens of 1000’s of weapons to switch outdated inventory they usually had been already being shipped.
“I wish to strengthen the military,” Hun Sen mentioned in a speech broadcast reside on Fb.
Hun Sen once more dismissed a Wall Avenue Journal report final week that China had reached a secret take care of Cambodia this 12 months to let it place forces at Ream. The report cited U.S. and allied officers.
America has additionally voiced concern that the Ream naval base in southern Cambodia might host forces from China.
Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Modifying by Michael Perry