Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop says she is not aware of plans for base, but it would be a matter for Vanuatu

The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has said she is not aware of any Chinese plans to establish a military base in Vanuatu.

Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that China was eyeing a base in the Pacific nation. China has diplomatic relations with many Pacific nations and is a major backer of development projects in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.

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