Cambodian premier says no to foreign military bases

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to reporters during a joint press briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to reporters during a joint press briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center left, introduces Vietnamese officials to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center right, in Hanoi,

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center left, introduces Vietnamese officials to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center right, in Hanoi,

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center right, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center left, review an honor guard in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center right, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center left, review an honor guard in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center lrgy, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center right, are greeted by children in Hanoi, Vietna

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center lrgy, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center right, are greeted by children in Hanoi, Vietna

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center right, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center left, review an honor guard in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center right, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center left, review an honor guard in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc before heading for talks behind closed doors in

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc before heading for talks behind closed doors in

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says his government will not allow any foreign military base on its territory following media reports that China has lobbied for a naval base in the Southeast Asian country.

Asia Times reported quoting diplomatic sources last month that China has lobbied Cambodia since 2017 for the base in the southwestern province of Koh Kong in the Gulf of Thailand.

Hun Sen, who is on a three-day visit to Vietnam, told reporters Friday at a joint news briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc that the Cambodian Constitution does not allow any foreign military bases.

Hun Sen dismissed the report that there are plans for construction of a foreign military base in Cambodia as "fake news."