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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Beijing, China
Tongan and Chinese flags were flying all over Tiananmen Square from October 6-8, 1999, during a three days state visit to Beijing by the King of Tonga, Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV. The historic square was the scene of great celebrations in October marking the 50th anniversary of the People's Republic, proclaimed by Chairman Mao Zedong here in 1949. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999. FROM OUR ARCHIVES.
Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Baron Vaea will go on leave from January 3 until April when a decision will be made on his application for retirement. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES 1999: Tonga's Crown Prince Tupouto‘a (51), at the turn of the century, talks about his bid to provide a second telephone carrier for Tonga, alongside the new Communications Corporation planned by government. He pointed out: “I think that the Boards in charge of Government-owned companies (or any other company for that matter) should be aware that they are expected to behave responsibly otherwise swift retribution shall follow.” By Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The last session of the Tongan Legislative Assembly of the century was closed by King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV on November 22, at Queen Salote Memorial Hall with Cabinet ministers and the Members of Parliament. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Air Fiji has launched an ambitious plan in an effort to capture more regional destinations. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
Tonga is one country that has been trying to access the Chinese market. The King of Tonga, Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, successfully facilitated the missing link when a Bilateral Trade Agreement was signed between the two countries during the king’s State Visit to China in October. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Exploring an unknown destination without a map, may not be the wisest thing for anyone to do, but Canadian, Wanda Ariano, said that the experience of being lost on ‘Eua island was the highlight of her trip to Tonga.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
These young people were smiling because they received certificates on November 5 at the completion of a six week course on Food and Beverage Preparation, and Customer Service. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Tongan Airlines new Boeing 737-200, began servicing the Tonga – Auckland – Samoa – Niue route after an inaugural flight over Tonga with King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV on November 12. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga will be the first country in the world to welcome the Year 2000, at the stroke of midnight on December 31, an hour ahead of any one else.
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV talks about his first visit to China since Tonga officially established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic, and terminated its 26-year-old diplomatic relationship with Taiwan. Interview by Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 1 December 1999

Hong Kong, China
The meeting between HM King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV and Jiang Zemin, the President of the People’s Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on October 7 was the highlight of the first State Visit to China by the King of Tonga. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 4, December 1999. Story and photos by Pesi Fonua.
Thursday 19 August 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rt. Hon. Don McKinnon with a 40-member delegation, including nine Members of Parliament, four students, journalists and military personnel spent two nights in Tonga August 17-19 during a six country Pacific tour.
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Wednesday 18 August 1999

Mexico City, Mexico
The study by Harvard University’s School of Public Health released this week, reinforced the belief of many in the development community that a vast amount of medical supplies donated to poor countries was inappropriate and even harmful. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Saturday 10 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three decades after Tonga banned whaling, in line with an international treaty, the taste of whale fat lingers on, and blubber enthusiasts joined the curious to watch a whale being butchered in Nuku‘alofa on July 10. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Bank of Tonga celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 1 in style, by making a record profit for the 1998-99 financial year of over $4 million. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Three native American whalers, Tom Happynook, his son Brian, and a cousin, Larry Johnson visited Nuku‘alofa during the second week of July, after visiting Australia and New Zealand. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A proposal to set up a casino at Royal International Airport Inn-still under construction-has brought objections from church and community members in Tonga who are opposed to gambling. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Any hope by the people of Tonga for their representatives and the Tongan parliament to pass a budget that could revive the economy by allocating a substantial amount of money as incentive to boost production in Tonga’s three main sectors, Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism, was wishful thinking. From the House by Pesi Fonua. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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Thursday 1 July 1999

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
High interest rates on loans from banks, particularly from the Tonga Development Bank, have caused concern among business people who say that it further restrains economic development due to a lack of capital funds. Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.
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