Govt announces Vt 500,000 incentive for sports excellence

Vanuatu Men's beach volleyball team with Minister for Youth, Training and Sports Seule Simeon and delegation in Kunming, China. Photo: Vanuatu Government

Vanuatu Men’s beach volleyball team with Minister for Youth and Sports Development Seule Simeon and delegation in Kunming, China yesterday. Photo: Vanuatu Government

Vanuatu beach volleyball players training at the National Sports Training Center in Kunming, China received some happy news when were joined yesterday by Vanuatu’s visiting Read the rest of this entry »

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New Chinese-built Prime Minister’s Office handed over to Vanuatu Govt

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan at the opening of the new Prime Minister's Office complex yesterday. Photo: CullwickJ/Twitter

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan at the opening of the new Prime Minister’s Office complex yesterday. Photo: CullwickJ/Twitter

The new Prime Minister’s Office was officially opened Read the rest of this entry »


CCECC says gravel is destined for African projects: Biosecurity Vanuatu wants it gone by weekend

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The China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) has responded to a story run in Daily Post this week concerning the possibility of foot-and-mouth disease being brought into the country on the aggregate material CCECC planned to use for the Bauerfield runway extensions. The company claims there are no sinister motives behind their decision to Read the rest of this entry »


Shipload of potentially contaminated Chinese gravel banned from entering Vanuatu

File image of asphalt being laid over aggregate. Photo: US Govt

File image of asphalt being laid over aggregate to build a runway. Photo: US Govt

A ship carrying aggregate gravel for the runway extensions at Bauerfield has been blocked from unloading because of the biologically unsafe status of gravel from its country of origin, China. The company responsible for the shipment, the giant China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), was advised of the countries from which such material could be easily obtained when their successful bid was announced—Fiji, New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand. China is blacklisted for the supply of gravel because it has foot and mouth disease. If foot and mouth disease arrived here, it would quickly destroy Vanuatu’s valuable beef export industry. The pork industry would also be affected. The Director of Biosecurity, Timothy Tumukon, has advised the aggregate material cannot be unloaded here. The Council of Ministers agrees. The ship is moored in Mele Bay. It will unload equipment needed on the runway project starting Thursday. However, the aggregate must remain on board. (Daily Post)

Australia’s newly appointed Ambassador for the Environment, Patrick Suckling, is presently in Port Vila on a familiarisation visit. He is responsible for Australia’s diplomacy around Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu will not permit other nations to conduct extralegal police operations on its soil, says Govt

77 alleged members of a Chinese crime syndicate were rounded up by Chinese police and flown from Nadi to China last week. Photo: CCTV

77 alleged members of a Chinese crime syndicate were rounded up by Chinese police and flown from Fiji to China last week. Photo: CCTV

Some 77 alleged members of a Chinese online fraud syndicate were detained and flown out of Fiji this week on a plane full of Chinese police. Fiji has no extradition treaty with China, meaning Fiji allowed the police force of another nation to operate on its soil outside of the checks and balances provided for by Fijian law. This is of concern for Fiji’s neighbours, including Vanuatu, because it indicates that China is willing to bypass the sovereign legal systems of our nations and conduct security operations on our soil whenever it suits them.

The Acting DG of Foreign Affairs has told the media it could not happen Read the rest of this entry »


China opens new embassy in Port Vila to mark 35 years of diplomatic relations

China's new embassy in Pango, Port Vila. Photo: © vanuatudigest.com

China’s new embassy in Nambatri, Port Vila. Photo: © vanuatudigest.com

A new Chinese Embassy building has opened at Nambatri. Ambassador Liu Quan and Prime Minister Charlot Salwai unveiled a plaque at the vast premises on Tuesday marking the opening of the landmark building we all have been watching grow in Vila. It cements the 35th anniversary of Read the rest of this entry »


Chinese naval vessels to make goodwill visit during Independence celebrations

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

Chinese warships will visit Vanuatu to mark 35 years of the Vanuatu/China relationship on July 30. Acting Prime Minister Ham Lini paid tribute to the China’s recognition of Vanuatu’s right to independence, free from the “colonial yoke”. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Read the rest of this entry »