China building a huge resort in Cambodia that looks like it will be a naval base…

The once sleepy seaside town of Sihanoukville on Cambodia’s south-west coast has been transformed by Chinese cash, but the rapid pace of development has divided locals and raised fears about China’s quest for power.

Key points:

  • Cambodia denies it has signed a secret deal to allow China to base troops at one of its naval bases
  • Chinese investors have built casinos, resorts and an airport in Cambodia’s south-west
  • US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned Cambodia about Chinese influence in the nation

The signs of Chinese influence are hard to miss here.

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