Kin Phea, director of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, told The Post that the docking of the British naval vessel was a good opportunity to show Cambodia’s transparency on the issue of the alleged Chinese military forces at Ream Naval Base.
He said that it also highlighted the progress of relations between Cambodia and the UK, which have recently grown significantly following the UK’s exit from the EU, which has allowed it to chart its foreign policy course independently.
“This event will help to show that the previous allegations that Cambodia has military cooperation only with China and excludes the West is simply untrue.
“So, the presence of the British navy there also shows that Cambodia is interested in cooperation without discrimination, whether it’s with China, the US, Japan or in this case, the UK. We always aim for positive cooperation,” he said.
He added that the docking of the ship will contribute to the improvement of Cambodian-British relations and more or less show that the suspicions about Ream Naval Base are unfounded.
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