Julie Bishop is confident of Australia’s ties with Vanuatu amid claims China is making a base there.
Australia would be greatly concerned if foreign military bases were to be built on Pacific islands, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.
Fairfax Media has reported China approached Vanuatu about building a permanent military base.
Foreign military presence is also growing on the continent under the guise of counterterrorism efforts. Djibouti has agreed to host American naval and drone bases that conduct operations in the Horn of Africa and beyond. Many other nations have also established military bases in the country, including France – the former colonial power –...