The US says it will join Australia in developing a naval base in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in an apparent move to curb China’s growing influence.
Vice-President Mike Pence said the three countries would work together on the facility on Manus Island.
Australia announced last month that it would work with PNG to develop the island’s Lombrum Naval Base.
“We will work with these two nations to protect sovereignty and maritime rights in the Pacific islands.”
Lombrum, which was a major US naval base during World War Two, holds a strategic position overlooking busy trade routes.