China denies it’s planning to build a military base on a paradise island near Australia

CHINA was forced to deny Tuesday that it wants to establish a military base on the tiny Pacific island of Vanuatu, after reports raised concern about Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.

The facility, which would be China’s second overseas base, would not only signal a new stage in Beijing’s growing military ambition, but also alter the balance of power in the South Pacific.

Vanuatu is about 1,900 kilometres from Australia, and both Canberra and New Zealand said they were...

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