Vanuatu prime minister visits Huawei, views policing expertise

(Reuters) – Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai visited expertise firm Huawei in Shenzhen and considered surveillance expertise used to reinforce policing and cut back legal exercise, his workplace mentioned in a press release on Tuesday.

Salwai is visiting China earlier than travelling to a Pacific Island leaders assembly in Japan subsequent week.

China is Vanuatu’s largest exterior creditor and a serious infrastructure supplier. Vanuatu’s largest support donor and policing associate Australia has expressed concern at China’s safety ambitions within the Pacific Islands area after Beijing struck a policing tools take care of Vanuatu final yr and a safety pact with Solomon Islands.

Huawei supplied digital methods to cities like Port Vila, the Vanuatu capital, to “cut back legal exercise”, a Vanuatu authorities assertion posted to social media mentioned.

The police surveillance system required a knowledge centre in Vanuatu, it added. It was not clear if the Huawei police surveillance system was already in use in Port Vila, or was being thought of.

A spokesman from the Vanuatu prime minister’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Vanuatu has a inhabitants of round 300,000 throughout an archipelago, with some 50,000 dwelling within the capital Port Vila.

(Reporting by Kirsty Needham; Modifying by Michael Perry)

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