SE Asia & Pacific (security)

The United States and Japan on Friday voiced strong concern about China's growing might and pledged to work together against attempts to destabilise the region, including against emerging defence threats.

Australia and Japan will sign a treaty on Thursday to increase defense and security cooperation in a move that has been hailed as “historic” but which might anger China.

The United States will expand its military and economic relationships with partners in Asia to push back against China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday.

The United States imposed an arms embargo and new export restrictions on Cambodia on Wednesday over what it said was the growing influence of China's military in the country, as well as over human rights and corruption.

 The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said Saturday the United States and its allies need to operate with a greater sense of urgency amid rising tensions and China’s increasingly assertive military actions.

Cambodia on Friday (Nov 12) angrily condemned a US decision to sanction two senior military officials over a contentious naval base, accusing Washington of showing "utter contempt" for its sovereignty.

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The United States stepped up its campaign against corruption in Cambodia on Wednesday, issuing an advisory to U.S. businesses and blacklisting two government officials accused of scheming to profit from construction work at Cambodia's biggest naval base.

The United States on Wednesday accused Cambodia of lacking transparency about Chinese construction activities at its biggest naval base, and urged the government to disclose to its people the full scope of Beijing's military involvement.

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