America to partner with Australia to develop naval base on Manus Island

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The joint facility, which will host more warships in the Pacific, comes at a time of concern about rising Chinese influence

America will partner with Australia to develop the Lombrum naval base on Manus Island, telegraphing a strategic commitment to the region at a time of concern about rising Chinese influence.

The joint facility, which crowds out an aspiration by Beijing to develop the port, was first unveiled by Scott Morrison and his PNG counterpart, Peter O’Neill, at the beginning of the month.

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