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Tuesday 14 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
During a state visit to China in March 2018, HM King Tupou VI and President Xi Jinping reached many important consensuses on the further development of China-Tonga relations. In November 2018, President Xi Jinping met with the Hon. Prime Minister of Tonga and agreed to elevate the China-Tonga relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership of mutual respect and common development, setting out a blueprint for our future bilateral relations. Against such backdrop, I suggest that China and Tonga deepen cooperation in the following areas... By H.E. Mr. Cao Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga
Wednesday 1 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd. announced an electricity tariff reduction of 12.2%, due to a drop in global diesel prices. The reduced tariffs, starting today April 1, are further enhanced by a government lifeline subsidy on the first 100kWh. The new tariff schedules are published here in Tongan and English. Holo e totongi ‘uhila kamata me he ‘aho 1 ‘Epeleli 2020.
Saturday 28 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) will be providing special relief mobile packages and bonus data, along with other initiatives to ensure all TCC customers are supported during the unprecedented CoViD-19 National Lock Down, the company announced on March 27. TCC CEO Timote Katoanga urged everyone to follow Tongan Government guidelines on Lock Down Level Four to limit and prevent the spread of CoViD-19 across Tonga.
Tuesday 17 March 2020

Singapore
In a deal that will strengthen shipping services network throughout the South Pacific, the Neptune Pacific Line (Neptune) announces it has acquired Pacific Direct Line (PDL) from PDL’s parent holding company, Pacific International Lines (PIL). The combined business will seamlessly link transport, warehousing, depots and customs clearance services and fully integrate customers’ supply chains across 18 South Pacific markets.
Monday 9 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At present, the prevention and control work on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China is continuously trending in a positive direction. Meanwhile, people in more and more countries are infected with COVID-19. It is vital to enhance international cooperation and fight the epidemic together. China is committed to international cooperation in prevention and control of the epidemic. By H.E. Mr. Cao Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga.
Sunday 8 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On International Women’s Day, the South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Network honours its female clients and female staff for their hard work, drive, and determination. “Our members want to improve their lives and their families’ lives. They want healthier housing, better nutrition, and better education for their children...and they have to rely on their own resourcefulness,” says SPBD General Manager Fine Tu’ipulotu, who is proud to help them succeed.
Friday 14 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Corona virus does not not respect political borders and has neither ethnicity nor nationality. The only way to resolve this non traditional security threat is by cooperating and collaborating as members of the human race. As China and the world continue to fight this Corona virus, let us not point fingers, attack our fellow citizens, or spread fear and hate. Let us unite in the face of common adversity, fight the best fight we can, and move forward to a healthier and brighter future. By Col. (Ret'd) Siamelie Latu.
Thursday 13 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We need to have a correct understanding on some basic issues about the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic. The Chinese Government and Chinese people are now working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and some other countries to fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic with all efforts, and the situation is changing for the better. China has made a solemn promise to the international community that it has full confidence and capability to win the battle against the epidemic. By Cao Xiaolin, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga.
Wednesday 12 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paying to the shareholder a combined total tax of $1.9 million during the financial year 2018/19 – the Transport Sector Public Enterprises reports a return to the shareholder and the people of Tonga, a total dividend and tax of $5.5 million for their performance during the financial year 2018/19, an increase of 57% from the financial year 2017/18. The Transport Sector Public Enterprises consists of the Ports Authority Tonga, Tonga Airports Limited, and the Friendly Island Shipping Agency.
Monday 3 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This article will elaborate on how the UN works and the role of China as a developing country and permanent member in the 15-Members United Nations Security Council, and its contributions to peace and security. China supported Tonga’s admission to the UN. It is important to note that Tonga is not a member of the Security Council.
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

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
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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 31 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.

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