Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Australia Affirms Vanuatu Ties Amid Report of Chinese Base

  • Fairfax Media says Chinese government seeks military facility
  • Vanuatu denies report, China describes it as ‘fake news’
Video player cover image
Leaders of New Zealand and Australia voice "great concern" after reports China may build a military base in Vanuatu#tictocnews (Source: Bloomberg)
Updated on

Australia has underlined its close ties with Vanuatu after a media report said Tuesday that the South Pacific island nation has been approached by China to host a military base.

While no formal proposals have been put to Vanuatu about China building its first base in the Pacific there, the nations have held preliminary talks about the scenario, Australia’s Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday, citing senior military officials it didn’t identify. The report was later denied by Vanuatu’s foreign minister, while China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang described it as "fake news".