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.
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Monday 9 December 2019
China will continue to adhere to the independent foreign policy of peace, develop friendly cooperation with all countries based on the “Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence”. We are willing to share the experience of governance with all developing countries including Tonga, and we will earnestly respect and firmly support all countries in pursuing their own development path. Only by wearing the right shoes can one walk his own way well. By Zhaohui Yang.
Friday 22 November 2019
The South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) celebrated a double milestone reaching its 10th Anniversary and TOP$100 Million in loans disbursement, on 22 November at its office in Fanga, Nuku’alofa.
Tuesday 19 November 2019
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has raised important questions about the risk of debt problems in less-developed countries. The risks are serious for the small and fragile economies of the Pacific. However, the analysis finds a different picture. The evidence to date suggests China has not been engaged in deliberate ‘debt trap’ diplomacy in the PICs. The Belt and Road projects have brought effective investment to the relevant countries rather than the so-called debt trap, boosted local economy and improved people’s livelihood. By Col. (Ret’d.) Siamelie Latu.
Friday 4 October 2019
SPONSORED POST; Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong, and Hong Kong affairs are purely internal affairs of China. We shall never tolerate any interference by any foreign government, foreign forces, foreign organizations or individuals. Safeguarding the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong serves the common interest of the international community. The Chinese side strongly urge relevant countries to have a clear understanding of the current situation...and support the restoration of order in Hong Kong with real actions. By Mr. Yang Zhaohui, Charge’d Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Tonga
Friday 4 October 2019
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 31 July 2019
The Chinese proverb goes: “Yāo Xiǎng Fù Xiān Xiū Lù” (“If you want to get rich, build a road.”) This can be updated as: “If you seek prosperity, build connectivity.” By Col. (Ret’d.) Siamelie Latu, Secretary General of the Tonga China Friendship Association.
Wednesday 26 June 2019
US tariff measures will not boost American economic growth. Instead, they will seriously harm the US economy. The US and China are the two biggest economies in the world. A trade war would have very serious repercussions all over the world. It could derail the current global economic expansion and cripple American businesses that depend on business with China. It could also further complicate geopolitical priorities. By Col. (Retd.) Siamelie Latu.
Wednesday 24 April 2019
The second Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation to be held in Beijing, China, from 25-27 April 2019, offers a promising path for China-Tonga Joint Development. The meeting will welcome 37 heads of state or government, with over 5,000 participants from more than 150 countries. Tonga's delegation includes HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Semisi Sika and Minister for MEIDECC Hon. Poasi Tei. Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver the keynote speech at the opening and chair the leaders' round-table summit, with "Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future" as its theme.
Wednesday 17 April 2019
The Australian High Commission invites members of the public to attend the Dawn Service on Thursday 25 April 2019 at the Cenotaph in Nuku'alofa, to remember those men and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who have served and sacrificed in international conflicts.
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Tongatapu and 'Eua communities are learning how to restore their water supplies and improve sanitation, under a post-cyclone recovery training programme implemented by Live & Learn Environmental Education Tonga, along with Tonga Skills providing accredited training in financial and plumbing skills.
Tuesday 12 March 2019
The SPBD Microfinance Network, the largest microfinance provider in the South Pacific, has promoted Fine Tu'ipulotu to General Manager of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Ltd in the Kingdom of Tonga. Fine is the first Tongan-born national appointed to the top post.
Wednesday 12 December 2018
A total dividend and tax of $3.5 million pa'anga for the Financial Year 2017/18 was paid to the government shareholder by the Shared Transport Sector Public Enterprises this week. Chairman Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa reported that Ports Authority Tonga (PAT), Tonga Airports Ltd. (TAL) and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency (FISA) continued to maintain their combined net profit before tax above the $8 million mark. The dividend is 25% of net profits and the remaining 75% of net profits after taxes will support the Transport Sector's critical projects.
Wednesday 28 November 2018
The University of the South Pacific-Tonga campus welcomed HM King Tupou VI for the commissioning of their new Kukū Kaunaka Collection of academic theses by Tongan scholars, in a closed event on November 14. In a statement, USP said: “It was indeed a most humbling and significant event as Tonga USP staff marked the 50th anniversary of the USP service in the region and in Tonga.”
Monday 5 November 2018
November 2 is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Tonga. It is of great significance to jointly celebrate this historic day. On October 26, 1998, His Majesty King Tupou VI, who was then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Tonga visited China, and on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, signed the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with his counterpart in the Chinese Government. By H. E. Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Tonga.
Friday 18 May 2018
Partnership among Pacific Islanders - Towards a Prosperous, Free and Open Pacific: It was more than 20 years ago in 1997 when the leaders of Japan and the Pacific island countries first gathered in Tokyo to launch the first Japan-Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM, then known as the Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting). Japan was among the first countries to establish a summit-level framework dedicated to forging stronger ties with Pacific island countries. - Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
Friday 23 February 2018
Additional line mechanics have arrived in Tonga to assist Tonga Power with restoration works of electricity in Tongatapu.
Thursday 3 August 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Ports Authority Tonga was elected as the new President of the Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance for the next three years, at PMTA's Annual General Meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. The Chairman of the Transport Shared Board of Directors, Mr Stephen Edwards accepted the role on behalf of Ports Authority Tonga.
Monday 19 June 2017
Ha'apai will be the first islands group in Tonga to achieve 50% generation from renewable energy, after the commissioning of the 550 kWp "Ha Masani Solar Facility" by the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Mr Andrew Ford at Pangai on June 15.
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Describing economic globalization as a double-edged sword that should be viewed comprehensively, China's President Xi Jinping said in Davos in January that we should pay attention to its deficiency but "not give up eating for fear of choking" or simply attribute the problems like the financial crisis and refugees to globalization, let alone protectionism. China views globalization's general trend as right. In May this year, China will host the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” in Beijing to discuss ways to boost cooperation, build cooperation platforms and share cooperation outcomes. By H.E. Huang Huaguang.