The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade is responsible for cultivating and maintaining Vanuatu’s international relations. Vanuatu maintains positive bilateral relations with more than 65 countries, including Russia, the People’s Republic of China, Cuba and Vietnam. The foreign policy of Vanuatu is focused on non-alignment with a commitment to peace-building and participation in peace-keeping missions. Vanuatu is a member of the United Nations with a permanent mission to New York.