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The security relationship between Australia and Vanuatu is strong and longstanding.
Australia's Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Alex Hawke, made the remark in response to a question whether Australia is concerned over China’s presence and military cooperation in the Pacific.
"Obviously, we (Australia) have a deep relationship between our armed forces and police here in Vanuatu and that will continue," he said.
"We are in no way threatened by any other activities by other countries if they come with peaceful intentions.
"Whether they want to come build good quality infrastructure or they want to do humanitarian work or work in health or education, we welcome all these partners into the countries in the Pacific where we can."
The Australian minister said Australia is happy to cooperate with these countries.
"If China wants to good quality health or infrastructure projects, we'd like to partner with them on this as well," he said.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST/PACNEWS
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