Vanuatu deportation

Vanuatu explains deportations but questions remain

Last week's move drew condemnation from critics who accused the government of bypassing due process to please China.

In a statement, Internal Affairs Minister Andrew Napuat confirmed he made the decision to allow the deportations, after the China Public Security Bureau issued an arrest warrant.

The operation was spearheaded by a joint collaboration between the Vanuatu police and Immigration Department, with Chinese agents only in the country to offer expertise and professional support, Mr Napuat said.