INDIA’S MARITIME SECURITY IS AT RISK DUE TO CHINA’S NEW MILITARY BASE IN CAMBODIA. HERE’S WHY

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According to a Chatham House report, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has reportedly committed a sizeable land area of 157 hectares for the development of air defence structures, general command facilities, and a naval radar installation close to the base over the course of the past 18 months.

In addition, future proposals for the construction of new storage facilities, a hospital, drydocks, and slipways at Ream have been made public by the Cambodian official media.

According to the analysis by the think tank, “Hun Sen has been in charge since 1998, but with US influence in Cambodia declining and his more dictatorial tendencies, he has courted Beijing, which has reacted with investment and economic incentives, not least in Sihanoukville itself.

The move will be closely monitored in New Delhi since it might put India in a position of strategic encirclement as a result of China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea, including the building of military installations on disputed islands.

Natural resources like fisheries, oil and gas deposits, and the South China Sea are abundant. China’s actions to assert control over significant marine areas could lead to resource competition between China and its neighbours, notably India. Any unrest or military conflict in the South China Sea might impact India’s maritime security and economic routes if it spreads into the Indian Ocean.

As part of its “Act East” policy, India has been enhancing its ties with nations in the Indo-Pacific region. In order to offset China’s influence, these nations may seek stronger security cooperation with India in response to China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.

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