COMMENTARY: Why the United States does not listen to our explanation?

AKP Phnom Penh, July 29, 2019 —

In the morning of July 26, nearly 100 national and foreign journalists were invited to visit the Ream Naval Base to see and witness first-hand how many millions of Chinese troops are based there. Is the reality the same as the allegation or suspicion of some American officials?

Lately, American newspaper The Wall Street Journal ran a story building on indistinct source and quotes of one anonymous American official alleging that there will be Chinese military stationed at Ream Naval Base in the future.

This is a disinformation and fake news unprofessional, provocative, and ill-intended. Actually, it is framed in a clear scenario, not an accident. This Ream Naval Base related incident followed the Royal Government Cambodia’s rejection of a request from the United States of America to assist with the rehabilitation of Ream Naval Base, after the visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia Mr. Joseph Felter in January 2019 to the place. Cambodia used to tell U.S. military attaché on July 1, 2019 that we do not plan to renovate the Real Naval Base, as we will have to move it to a new location with bigger space for the maritime general secretariat to organise drills.

But, the U.S. does not listen to the explanation. One day later, on July 2, the U.S. Embassy released a statement grounding on an article from Nikkei Asian Review that predicted a future plan for Ream Naval Base, including the possibility of allowing Chinese military to station there.

But the root cause began on January 29 in a report analysing information collected by the U.S. intelligence agency which groundlessly assumed that the legislative bodies of Cambodia may make any amendment of the constitution to eventually enable the base of Chinese military in the Kingdom. The report making analyses of many countries, including the issues in Iran, was read by President Donald Trump who called it nonsense, being unable to give an accurate account of Iran. Indeed, it is nonsense, because its analysis of Cambodia was even more incorrect and completely misinformation.

To see the issue more clearly, we should recall a wording of former Ambassador of the United States of America to Cambodia H.E. William Heidt who gave an interview to an American radio on Sept. 17, 2018 stressing that the U.S. was examining the stand of the sixth-mandate government of Cambodia of Prime Minister Hun Sen for international communities in a near future. It was important for the United States to decide new policy for Cambodia. The former ambassador continued that the U.S. was waiting to see what would happen next.

It is obvious that what the U.S. wants is neither the objectives nor the commitment that Cambodia used to demonstrate. Cambodia’s foremost commitment and promise are to ensure entirely its independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, peace, and security along with strengthened democracy and rule of law.

Cambodia cannot bow and kneel down giving in to any threats. For the allegation, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen used to clarify that allowing foreign military base in Cambodia is unconstitutional, and Cambodia’s constitution mentions very clearly about this. Cambodia does not need any foreign military base in the Kingdom.

With these said, the allegation that there will be Chinese military positioned in Ream Naval Base or in Koh Kong province has been intended in a clear scenario. Not too long, the U.S. will fake more issues to obstruct Cambodia’s development and peace. Cambodian people, who are the owners of the country, must understand well about this and get unified with the government under the leadership of Samdech Techo Hun Sen in order to prevent and sustain the development and everything in our territory forever.

Source: National Radio of Cambodia

Translated by Mc Soleil