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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

All 11,000 people who live on Ambae, in the north of the Pacific archipelago, were ordered to leave after the Manaro Voui volcano rumbled to life and rained rock and ash on villages last week

China Denies Reported Plans to Build Major South Pacific Naval Base on Vanuatu

Australia’s Fairfax Media revealed on Monday that China is planning to build a permanent military base on the island of Vanuatu, which would put Chinese warships on “Australia’s doorstep.” Officials from Vanuatu disputed the claim, insisting their country will remain non-aligned.