China’s military said on Wednesday that reports of it setting up a military outpost in Cambodia’s port city were not true.

Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said that the Chinese and Cambodian militaries have “always carried out good exchanges and cooperation in military training.” He added that such cooperation “does not target third parties,” AP said.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that China and Cambodia signed a secret pact allowing Beijing exclusive use of a naval base in Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has described the report as “the worst distorted news,” saying that Cambodia has never discussed setting up a base with China.

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