10 Apr 2024

Tonga govt considers China's offer for leaders meeting

From , 6:02 am on 10 April 2024
From March 30 to April 4, the delegation from the International Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China visited Tonga. They met with Prime Minister Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, Minister for Infrastructure Hon. Sevenitini Toumo’ua, Minister for Agriculture Lord Fohe.
The delegation also made a site inspection of the Tonga High School Sports Complex Project, the China-aid Agricultural Technology Cooperation Project, the Wind Power Project and the Peripheral Area of Mala’ekula Royal Tomb Improvement Project. 
The main purpose of this visit is to support Tongan government in hosting the 53rd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting this year.

A delegation from the International Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China visited Tonga from 30 March 30 to 4 April 4. They met with Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku, Minister for Infrastructure Sevenitini Toumo’ua, Minister for Agriculture Lord Fohe. The main purpose of this visit is to support Tongan government in hosting the 53rd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting this year. Photo: Facebook / China Embassy Tonga

Tonga is considering an offer by China to supply motorcycles and vehicles to its police force in support of the Kingdom's security preparations for the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting, later this year. 

It's raised concerns about Beijing's influence in the regional event. 

But the Tongan government is staunchly defending its relations with the superpower.

RNZ Pacific's Finau Fonua has more
 

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