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Sunday 29 October 2017

New York, USA
For the last 40 years, China has implemented a national strategy that, despite its many twists and turns, has produced the economic and political juggernaut we see today. It would be reckless to assume, as many still do in the US, Europe, and elsewhere, that China’s transition to global preeminence will somehow simply implode, under the weight of the political and economic contradictions they believe to be inherent to the Chinese model. ...When China does become the world’s largest economy over the next decade, the current rule-based international order will not remain immune from this fundamental geo-economic and geopolitical change....To believe otherwise is willfully to ignore the deep changes that are now afoot. By Kevin Rudd
Thursday 6 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HE Andrew Jacobs, the European Union Ambassador for the Pacific is in Tonga with a delegation on an Enhanced High Level Dialogue with the Tongan government over a new agreement to replace the Cotonou Agreement which expires in 2020.
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Thursday 18 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Visiting medical experts from Guangdong, China have been working together with Tongan doctors to provide medical service to the locals in Vaiola Hospital from 15-17 August.
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Friday 14 November 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 81st birthday of the Emperor Akihito of Japan was celebrated in Tonga with a reception hosted by the Japanese Ambassasdor, HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro on 13 November, and attended by Tonga's Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala and Crown Princess Sinaitakala.
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Monday 13 October 2014
Washington D.C, USA
Judith Beth Cefkin (61) is to become the next United States Ambassador to Fiji covering Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru.
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Wednesday 13 August 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ark Peace, a Naval Hospital Ship from China arrived this morning at Vuna Wharf on a one-week visit to provide medical services to the people of Tonga.
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Saturday 8 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A review of the safety of Tonga's Transport Sector, to be led by the World Bank and supported by the New Zealand government, could end a stand-off between the two countries over the safety of a Chinese MA60 aircraft that has been operating in Tonga since August last year.
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Monday 3 February 2014
Canberra, Australia
Nauru has donated $25,000 (AUD) toward recovery efforts in Ha‘apai following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Ian on January 11.
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Monday 11 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government's refusal to bring an international aviation authority to certify the MA60 aircraft gifted by China, has strained Tonga’s relationship with New Zealand during the past three months.
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Tuesday 5 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano is leading a Tongan delegation to the Second China Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum to be held in Guangzhou, China from 7-8 November.
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Friday 25 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tatafu Moeaki the CEO of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning completed a one-week program as the fourth New Zealand Prime Minister’s Fellow.
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Wednesday 2 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been criticized in US media reports this week, following a military investigation into security failures at Camp Bastion during an attack by Taliban insurgents last year.
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Monday 8 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government celebrated the gift of a new MA60 aircraft from China at a handover ceremony attended by King Tupou VI at the Fua'amotu Domestic Airport on Saturday July 6. Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu, who sought the aircraft from China, said in an emotional speech that it was the first of its type in the region, but it was sad that it had not been accepted by the United States and New Zealand.
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Thursday 9 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is making an official visit to Tonga May 9-10.
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Tuesday 2 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Medical equipment and supplies worth $2.9 million pa'anga was handed over by Japan's Ambassador to Tonga HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro at Vaiola Hospital today.
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Monday 21 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new High Commissioner for New Zealand, HE Mr Mark Talbot presented his letter of credence to King Tupou VI on Friday January 18.
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Monday 17 December 2012
Tokyo, Japan
HE Ms Tania Tupou Tonga's first resident Ambassador to Japan presented her credentials to Japan's Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 11 December, after starting in her new post at the Government of Tonga's new embassy located at Minato-ku in Tokyo, on 1 October. .
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Thursday 29 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Claims in Tonga's parliament that there was an illegal transference of government money to Tongasat have been denied by two Prime Ministers, in a row over how a USD$75 million grant from China to Tonga was used.
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Thursday 4 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Minister of Education in parliament is calling for 'Akilisi Pohiva to apologise to the New Zealand Government, to herself and to the Tongan people for making misleading and unfounded allegations about the donor funding received by the Ministry of Education. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
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Thursday 20 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In committing just over TOP$1 million pa'anga from the Government of Japan to fund community projects including the upgrade of water supply systems in four villages in Tongatapu and the construction of new classrooms for Vava'u Side School, the Ambassador of Japan to Tonga urged the recipients "to manage the facilities and equipment properly so they can last as long as our long-standing friendship."
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