In Australia: China builds a new foreign military base


The Australian division of the American media holding News Corp published a report that talks about the possible emergence of a secret Chinese military base in Cambodia. This information immediately disturbed the Australian public.


An airport is currently under construction near the popular Cambodian resort of Dara Sakor in the Koh Kong area. The authors of the report claim that in fact, behind the sign of the airport is a secret military base in China. Of course, such information is intriguing. After all, there is no doubt about China’s desire to expand its political and economic presence in the countries of Southeast Asia.

Cambodia is one of the most suitable countries for the presence of the PRC on the Indochina Peninsula, which the Celestial Empire has always considered to be its legitimate sphere of influence. You can recall both the support by the Maoist China of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, and the pro-Chinese armed rebel forces operating in every country in Southeast Asia in the 1940s and 1980s. Therefore, the PRC's plans for the construction of a military base look quite natural.

Moreover, in the summer of 2019, information was received about the signing by the Chinese leadership and the government of Cambodia of a secret agreement on the use of the Chinese Navy at the Cambodian naval base in Ream. Allegedly, over the next thirty years, Chinese warships will have direct access to this base and will be able to use it to strengthen China's defenses. However, Cambodian authorities have officially denied these reports.


Cambodia, along with Myanmar, belongs to those countries of Indochina in which China has the greatest influence. After all, Thailand is still a close ally of the United States, and Laos is strongly influenced by neighboring Vietnam, China's long-standing regional adversary.

The fears of the Australians are also clear - southern Indochina is still closer to Australia geographically than China. And the fact that the Chinese are allegedly getting closer and closer to Australia cannot but cause alarming thoughts among the Australian public, which, moreover, is also turning against China with Australia's senior allies - the United States and Great Britain.

However, The Drive turned out to have high-resolution satellite images. According to the author of the popular publication The Drive, Tyler Rogaway, the analysis of these images casts doubt on the veracity of the report on the construction of the Chinese military base.

According to News Corp, the size of the airport under construction, including the runways, is very large and clearly does not correspond with the modest needs of the neighboring resort. And the local population in the vicinity of the airport is not so much that he needed such an object.

But Rogoway believes that there is nothing surprising in the size of the runway - they prefer to build in countries with a hot climate. According to official information, the airport will be designed to receive a variety of aircraft - from regional turboprops to large international airliners. But by Chinese military standards, the airfield is just small.


There is no evidence of increased secrecy of the object. For example, a direct, good road leads to a neighboring resort, no reinforced security posts are observed, and there are no signs of the construction of other military infrastructure facilities that should inevitably be present at such a base.

By the way, the neighboring resort and its marina are developing with the support of Chinese investments, so it is likely that China is indeed investing in the construction of the airport, but not for military purposes. The emergence of a large airport capable of accepting international flights can increase the resort's popularity among foreign tourists and lead to a noticeable increase in income of the Cambodian treasury and Chinese investors.

China's economic presence in Cambodia is very felt. And China is interested in expanding it, since large-scale investments make it possible to influence Cambodian politics no less, or even more. than the presence of a military base in the country. Using the strategy of “soft implementation” through business investment and trade, China has achieved very serious success in the countries of Asia and Africa. Although, of course, it is impossible to exclude the likelihood of the future use of the airdrome under construction for the needs of the Chinese air force. But in fact, almost any civilian airfield, if necessary, can be reformatted for military purposes and the object in Cambodia is no exception.

Until recently, China did not have foreign military bases at all, which did not stop it from influencing the policies of many countries quite strongly. But then China decided to create the first military base in Djibouti in northeast Africa. But Djibouti is a slightly different region, geographically remote from China, and the Chinese ships operating in the Indian Ocean really needed a support point.

In Cambodia, a different situation. Firstly, the country is already close to China. Secondly, the Chinese military base in this country would not contribute to the growth of confidence in the PRC in the region. Indeed, even so, Chinese activity in Southeast Asia causes very great suspicion not only in the United States, but also in many countries of the region, for example, Vietnam, neighboring with Cambodia. In Hanoi, even long-forgotten historical resentment against the Americans and went to the normalization of relations with the United States, if only to be able to protect themselves from China.
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  1. Ros 56 13 February 2020 09: 04 New
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    Afraid of being attacked by a kangaroo? Well, they were surprised, but what did Grandma Lisa say, is it like her patrimony?
    1. svp67 13 February 2020 11: 02 New
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      Quote: Ros 56
      Afraid of being attacked by a kangaroo?

      Still ... it’s a pity that "little Roux" will be eaten, and also "they will bring the coronovirus ..."
      1. Ros 56 13 February 2020 12: 25 New
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        Do you understand what you wrote?
        1. svp67 13 February 2020 19: 39 New
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          Quote: Ros 56
          Do you understand what you wrote?

          Of course...
    2. antivirus 13 February 2020 12: 14 New
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      the influence of the West is declining and Asia is on the rise - everything is gone, the plaster is removed, the client is leaving
  2. Arlen 13 February 2020 09: 09 New
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    If it is possible for China, let them build a military base abroad and annoy the US allies.
    1. ccsr 13 February 2020 12: 25 New
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      Quote: Arlen
      If it is possible for China, let them build a military base abroad and annoy the US allies.

      I think that this article is just another stuffing of false information, if only because several years ago the Chinese bought the former Soviet airfield in the Federal Republic of Germany (on the territory of the former GDR) in the same way to make a logistics hub for the transit of their goods there. Most likely, the situation is the same here, because they buy airfields primarily because this land is not built up and the cost of buying it from the owners is much lower. Well, how then they will use this land, the Australians are unlikely to know - just the Chinese are pushing them and they do not like it.
  3. knn54 13 February 2020 09: 12 New
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    The Philippines and Indonesia are even closer, but they will not hysteria.
    Here, most likely, the result of Cambodia's large debt to the PRC.
    1. svp67 13 February 2020 11: 03 New
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      Quote: knn54
      The Philippines and Indonesia are even closer, but they will not hysteria.

      They silently buy weapons, like Vietnam
  4. bessmertniy 13 February 2020 09: 16 New
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    It is strange that Vietnam did not keep Cambodia in the zone of its influence, like Laos. Moreover, at one time he liberated Cambodia from the bloody pro-Chinese regime of Pol Pot - Ieng Sari. what
    1. svp67 13 February 2020 11: 03 New
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      Quote: bessmertniy
      It is strange that Vietnam did not keep Cambodia in the zone of its influence, like Laos.

      Cambodia has always been hostile to Vietnam, probably historical memory ...
      Quote: bessmertniy
      Moreover, at one time he liberated Cambodia from the bloody pro-Chinese regime of Pol Pot - Ieng Sari.
      Yes, rather, they simply “cleaned” the pro-Chinese puppets, since they just got them, with constant attacks on the border territories. And China very quickly carried out an intimidation action, which did not lead to the defeat of Vietnam, but spoiled it with plenty of blood, it’s enough that in the border battles several Vietnamese divisions were defeated and several cities were captured. Vietnam really saved the USSR then
      1. bessmertniy 13 February 2020 11: 09 New
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        However, China Cambodia has never been a friend. To some extent, the 3 million lives of Cambodians destroyed under the pro-Chinese regime are on the conscience of the PRC. what
    2. Sergej1972 13 February 2020 13: 49 New
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      The Hong Sen government has a good relationship with Vietnam.
  5. Lamata 13 February 2020 09: 23 New
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    I read the title of the article and thought that the Chinese are building a base in Australia !!!
  6. ZaharoFF 13 February 2020 09: 40 New
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    The title, of course, is successful.
  7. rocket757 13 February 2020 09: 52 New
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    China steers and rushing .... hardly anyone will be able to prevent this.
    1. New Year day 13 February 2020 10: 21 New
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      Quote: rocket757
      China rules and rushing

      with such an economy, why not!
      1. rocket757 13 February 2020 10: 24 New
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        A powerful economy is strong ... but success, of the same economy, is a derivative of clear, reasonable leadership and a lot, a lot of work for all citizens of the country!
        Question - And what are WE lacking to steer and shove like that? Given that Russia is almost a pantry of the world!
        1. Lamata 13 February 2020 10: 30 New
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          We lack leadership and a normal understanding of the economy. Well and abundantly enough effective managers and officials
          1. rocket757 13 February 2020 10: 36 New
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            Quote: Lamata
            Well and abundantly enough effective managers and officials

            With this ... THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED!
            Quote: Lamata
            We lack leadership and a normal understanding of the economy.

            We do not have enough KNOWLEDGE, there is not enough money, and much more!
            A leadership ??? it seems that they’ve got enough of everything, judging by their unhurried gestures, “work”, and so on ...
            1. Lamata 13 February 2020 11: 33 New
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              Of course, these officials and menagers spawn like Drosophila flies.
        2. New Year day 13 February 2020 10: 31 New
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          Quote: rocket757
          And what do WE lack to steer and shove like that?

          hi
          So something is missing, and if there is an understanding of this, then there will be a result.
          And if you sit on the mountain and wait for the river to bring the corpse of the enemy, then you can wait on the mountain and roam out of hunger or cold
  8. KVU-NSVD 13 February 2020 10: 23 New
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    The authors of the report claim that in fact behind the sign of the airport is a secret military base
    I’ll tell you a secret - a potential air base is hidden behind the sign of any airport - this is not so much a question of special infrastructure, but rather the question of the need for such reformatting in the non-military period. So, if an airfield or seaport is being built somewhere with Chinese money, then somewhere in the depths of the Chinese General Staff they are necessarily taken into account in the plans, and their infrastructure is accordingly taken into account and well known ... Yes, in general, this applies not only to the Chinese military planning. So the Australians should put up with this axiom and exhale ..
  9. Yaroslav Lukianenko 13 February 2020 12: 51 New
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    why there are no links to sources?
  10. g1washntwn 13 February 2020 13: 05 New
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    An Australian author that does not know how many people are in China? Never assumes how many Chinese tourists want to relax? In the same Vietnam (which is a "long-standing regional adversary"), the Chinese are buying up neighborhoods for tourism infrastructure, they are not even refusing to serve Chinese there, the menu is only in Chinese, they say eat something wrong and we care. So what about the tourist expansion is most likely, and about the military component - in the threatened period any civilian object hits.
  11. Sergey39 13 February 2020 13: 21 New
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    And the fact that the Philippines abandoned the American base in favor of China Australia does not bother? Or do they need to poke their nose?