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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's comments on media reports

Q: According to reports, a senior Australian official said yesterday that they would view with great concern the establishment of any foreign military bases in Pacific Island countries and their neighbours, and China seems more engaged in the Pacific region. What's your comment?

A: Such allegation of the Australian side is sheer fiction, and Vanuatu has clarified on this matter.

I would like to point out that the practical cooperation between China and South Pacific island countries in various fields has effectively promoted local socioeconomic development and been warmly welcomed by local governments and people.

The South Pacific island countries should not be the sphere of influence of any country. Enough with certain Australian individuals’ interference in other's internal affairs. It would be better if they can make concrete contributions to those countries' development rather than stir up troubles.

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