Assistant news reporter and researcher covering Australia
Education: Monash University, BA in Journalism
Frances Vinall is an assistant reporter and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. Before joining The Washington Post, she covered the Melbourne courts for NCA Newswire and worked as a newspaper reporter in Tasmania and the Snowy Mountains.
The announcement, coming right before a U.S. envoy was to visit, has stirred fears among local opposition leaders and U.S. allies that the deal could lead to a Chinese military presence in the islands.