NGA Tearline: Chinese Investment in Cambodia - The Dara Sakor Airfield

In partnership with John Hopkins University

The airfield at Dara Sakor in Cambodia is part of China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI). Since 2019, there have been numerous open defense and international affairs-focused reports (official and unofficial) detailing the potential for dual-use capability at the airfield by serving as a potential staging ground for Chinese military aircraft.

However, there is little GEOINT evidence of dual-use or a military look-and-feel to the airport outside of a runway sufficient for emergency use by military aircraft at this time. Rather, the evidence as it currently stands, points to another overly grand and economically questionable BRI investment.

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