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Truth about China’s military base plans


ALARM bells rang through Australia yesterday over reports China was negotiating a military base less than 2000 kilometres from our border.

China and Vanuatu have both denied the Fairfax report, which claimed Beijing was eyeing a military base in the island nation, with global ramifications.

“No one in the Vanuatu government has ever talked about a Chinese military base in Vanuatu of any sort,” Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu told the ABC.

“We are a non-aligned country. We are not interested in militarisation.”

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The move prompted fears in Australia over Beijing’s aims for greater military influence in the South Pacific region.

But Beijing’s economic influence in Vanuatu remains undeniable, with China responsible for almost half of the island nation’s foreign debt.

CHINA EXERTS INFLUENCE IN VANUATU

China’s exertion of influence in Vanuatu is well-documented.

According to local reports, China accounts for almost half…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/military/how-china-is-exerting-its-power-in-vanuatu/news-story/0c5e2eb17ca45f18db1078aeac2bcac3

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