Military base reports

Vanuatu PM reassures Aust PM that there will be no Chinese base

Following reports that security officials were worried about China's intentions in Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai met Australia's Malcolm Turnbull in London ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Mr Salwai said he has worked in government for 27 years, as an adviser and MP, and the idea of a Chinese military base has never been raised.

He told reporters that he attended a lot of meetings and it was never in any negotiations.

Mr Salwai ruled out any plans for a Chinese base in his country, and said he raised it with Mr Turnbull in their bilateral meeting.