The many questions about China’s Vanuatu ambition – Rory Medcalf

“There are several plausible reasons for China to want access or presence for its armed forces in the South Pacific. (…), perhaps China seeks a security footprint to enable its training of the forces of small island states as it extends influence over them. This may have some capacity-building benefits but also amounts to direct competition with Australia and New Zealand.”

Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/many-questions-about-china-s-vanuatu-ambition

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