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Thursday 23 September 2021

Dubai, UAE
The Tongan Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020, a multi-million dollar facility built with assistance from the government of UAE, was officially handed over to Tonga's Ambassador, ahead of the official opening of the world expo next week. The theme of the pavilion ‘One Planet for All’ aims to shed light on the dangers of plastic waste to the ocean, its inhabitants and the subsequent challenges faced by the Pacific people.
Thursday 26 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Ambassador, HE Mr Viliami Va‘inga Tōnē fist-bumped Nicolás Maduro Moros, the controversial President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Tuesday August 24 in the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, after he presented his Letter of Credence.
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Thursday 13 May 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI accepted Letters of Credence from Japan’s new Ambassador to Tonga, HE Mr Munenaga Kensaku and the new resident British High Commissioner, Lucy Joyce at the Royal Palace on 12 May. This is the first Diplomatic Week held since January 2020, when COVID-19 impacted international travel restricting ambassadorial visits to Tonga.
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Monday 8 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), becoming its 84th member at an official flag raising ceremony held at the AIIB headquarter in Beijing, China, on 5 February. The AIIB was established in 2016 with $100 billion capital. It was created with the purpose of serving as a regional financing tool for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
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Monday 16 November 2020

Sydney, Australia
New York Times reporting: Nanaia Mahuta entered New Zealand’s Parliament as the youngest Maori woman to ever gain a seat. More than two decades later, she has become the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, another trailblazing first. Labour’s newly elected majority is made up mostly of women...it is, by far, the most diverse Parliament the country has ever seen, reflecting New Zealand’s demographics and its place within the broader Pacific islands.
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Tuesday 31 March 2020

Washington DC, USA
A pandemic is enveloping the world, endangering the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. As US President Donald Trump desperately seeks to shift blame for his own ineptitude, China is laying the groundwork for global leadership in the post-COVID-19 era. Thanks to Trump, the US will almost certainly lose the great-power competition – and countless lives. By Vali Nasr
Monday 9 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I write this article to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Tonga/China diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. This article will focus on socialism with Chinese characteristics as the key driver to the fast economic development of China. - Col. (Rtd) Siamelie Latu.
Friday 6 December 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
A Statement of Partnership between Tonga and New Zealand was signed today, 6 December, by Prime Minister Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, in New Zealand’s capital Wellington.
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Friday 4 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With China’s diverse and expanding interests in the Pacific, and its rising economic and strategic strength, one can expect that Chinese presence will grow stronger in the coming decades. China’s growing regional presence is a new reality that needs to be accommodated, not resisted, but this requires great understanding of Chinese interests and views. Given the substantial difference between Chinese and Western views about China’s unique aid policy, simply requesting that China conform to rules set up by traditional aid donors is unlikely to work. By Col. (Ret’d.) Siamelie Latu.
Wednesday 2 January 2019

New Delhi, India
America’s decision to abandon the global system it helped build, and then preserve for more than seven decades, marks a turning point, because others lack either the interest or the means to sustain it. The result will be a world that is less free, less prosperous, and less peaceful, for Americans and others alike. By Richard N. Haass.
Thursday 2 August 2018

Kingston, Jamaica
Tonga has been re-elected for another four-years as member state of the International Seabed Authority Council during its 24th session held in Kingston, Jamaica, last month.
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Monday 26 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King and Queen of Tonga will travel to China this week on a State Visit, the office of the Lord Chamberlain announced this morning.
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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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