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Saturday 20 July 2019

New Delhi, India
Fifty years after astronauts first walked on the Moon, space wars have gone from Hollywood fantasy to looming threat. Not content with possessing enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all life on Earth many times over, major powers are rapidly militarizing space. Given the world’s increasing reliance on space-based assets, the risks are enormous. by Brahma Chellaney.
Wednesday 13 June 2018

Singapore
The United States has disinvited China from this summer’s 26-country Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise. The move has been played up as a potential indication that the US may finally be adopting a tougher approach toward China. Mattis himself has called the decision an “initial response” to China’s militarization of the South China Sea. ... The Pentagon has flaunted its capability to demolish China’s artificial islands, whose creation Chinese President Xi Jinping has cited as one of his key accomplishments. “I would just tell you,” joint staff director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie recently said, “the US military has had a lot of experience in the western Pacific taking down small islands.” By Brahma Chellaney.
Monday 18 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A multinational task group of soldiers from Tonga, New Zealand, China, Australia and the United States are working on projects to improve water storage and sanitation in Tonga as part of Exercise Tropic Twilight 2016, a humanitarian activity focused on disaster relief operations.
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Friday 4 September 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tafakula, a multi-national military exercise is being held in Tongatapu from Thursday August 27 to Saturday 11 September.
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Friday 12 September 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
45 Fijian peacekeepers detained by militants in the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border have been released at 14:30 local time, a United Nations (UN) Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric announced on September 11.
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Thursday 20 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten days of medical and civic assistance to Tonga that concludes on Friday, June 21, under the Pacific Partnership 2013 organized by the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy, has involved personnel from over ten countries working together under the humanitarian assistance programme. A reception attended by HM King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u last night, June 19, was hosted by the Japanese Ambassador to Tonga HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro who said he was appreciative of the United States efforts to lead and continue the multilateral exercise initiative. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 12 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten days of medical and civic assistance to Tonga under the Pacific Partnership Mission began on Tongatapu today, June 12 with the arrival of the USS Pearl Harbor bringing military personnel and civilians, including doctors and veterinarians.
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Wednesday 12 June 2013
Canberra, Australia
The Pacific Patrol Boat Training program that includes Tonga will run for a minimum of four years after the Australian Maritime College Search won a $10 million Commonwealth contract to continue the program, with an option for extension.
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Monday 6 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fiji will be welcomed to participate in the newly formed South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting once Fiji holds a credible general election and returns to democratic rule, the Australian Defence Minister, Hon. Stephen Smith said in Tonga on May 2, after the regional ministers agreed to a higher level of military co-operation on regional security issues.
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Wednesday 1 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Defence Ministers from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea arrived today to hold the first defence and security talks with France, Chile and Tonga, while the United States and United Kingdom join as observers.
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Friday 26 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
GO RED for the 'Ikale Tahi fever has spread to Afghanistan where Tonga's second contingent is deployed.
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Friday 8 July 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A military combat action display by the Tonga Navy and the Tonga Defence Service Rural Development Unit was again a popular item drawing thousands of spectators to the 2005 Tonga Military Tattoo.
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Wednesday 14 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The United States and Australia signed a framework memorandum of understanding July 7 outlining future Australian participation on cooperative missile defence activities.
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Tuesday 16 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga may not be in the good books of the USA with regards to its human rights record, but it is definitely a treasured partner of the USA in its war against terrorism.
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