22 Nov 2006

China readies flight for those wishing to leave Tonga

2:58 pm on 22 November 2006

A Chinese embassy official in Tonga say preparations are being made to fly Chinese people out of the country.

The official says the post is caring for about 200 people whose businesses and homes were targetted in the rioting last week.

He says some are staying at the embassy while others are being put up in a hotel.

The official says there are plans to bring in a charter plane to fly those who want to leave to China.