Mike Pence announces US-Australia military pact to expand Manus Island naval base

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United States Vice-President Mike Pence has declared his nation will partner with Australia and Papua New Guinea to boost operations at a Manus Island naval base amid rising tensions over China’s growing influence in the Pacific.

  • Nicole Hasham
  • WAtoday

The federal government had been working with PNG to develop the strategically important base at Lombrum, announcing in September a $5 million contract to upgrade wharf and shore-based infrastructure.

Mr Pence told a meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Port Moresby on Saturday that the United States will also contribute to the…

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