Mr Pence then announced that the US would partner with Australia and PNG to redevelop the Lombrum naval base on Manus Island.
The move comes as the US, China and Australia all vie for influence in PNG and the Pacific, and one analyst said the Manus base would push American forces further south into the Pacific than they had been in decades.
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