Bookmark & Share Subscribe to Feed

Negotiation continues on rescheduling Tonga’s loan from China


The rescheduling of Tonga’s T$119 million loan from China for the reconstruction of Nuku’alofa has not been decided, according to Xu Zhiguang, the first Secretary of the Chinese Embassy, Nuku’alofa this afternoon, December 3.

Tonga was scheduled to start repaying its loan to China on 25 September 2013, but Xu Zhiguang said that the negotiation was still on-going and a decision would be announced once the negotiation was concluded.

via Negotiation continues on rescheduling Tonga’s loan from China | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga firm on Chinese plane certification


Tonga’s deputy prime minister Samiu Vaipulu says he will not allow a third-party assessment on the controversial MA60 aircraft gifted by China.

Matangi Tonga online says the government’s refusal to bring an international aviation authority to certify the plane has strained Tonga’s relationship with New Zealand.

via Tonga firm on Chinese plane certification.

Tonga’s Prime Minister meets PRC Vice Premier Wang Yang


China’s Vice Premier of the State Council Wang Yang attended the opening ceremony of the 2nd China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Cooperation Forum in Guangzhou on November 8, where he met with Tonga’s Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano and other Pacific leaders.

via Tonga’s Prime Minister meets PRC Vice Premier Wang Yang.

Chinese, Tongan PMs exchange greetings on anniversary of ties


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Tongan counterpart, Siale’ataonga Tu’ivakano, exchanged congratulatory messages Saturday to mark the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

In his message, Li said China-Tonga relations have maintained momentum in the past 15 years, with mutual political respect and trust, win-win pragmatic economic cooperation and mutual support in multilateral affairs.

via Chinese, Tongan PMs exchange greetings on anniversary of ties – CHINA – Globaltimes.cn.

Pōhiva to sue government – 7000 Tongan passports sold in 1990s


MP ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Leader of the Tongan Parliament’s Opposition Party, vowed he will again take the Tongan government to court.

He said a legal action will be filed against the government because it issued Tongan passports to Chinese citizens without going through the legal process.

via Pōhiva to sue government – 7000 Tongan passports sold in 1990s – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

Chinese accused of passport forgery not to leave Tonga


Two Chinese nationals who were charged in relation to possession of forged Tongan passports and released on bail last week, are prohibited from leaving Tonga.

Police earlier reported that the woman had tried to leave Tonga allegedly on the forged Tongan passport after they both entered on Chinese passports on October 11.

via Chinese accused of passport forgery not to leave Tonga | Matangi Tonga.

NZ foreign minister standing firm on withholding tourism aid to Tonga


New Zealand’s foreign minister says he will keep withholding tourism funding to Tonga until a plane gifted by China is certified by what he calls a ’respected international authority’ – despite China insisting it is safe.

In July, New Zealand suspended US$8 million in tourism aid to Tonga amid safety concerns with the domestic MA60 aircraft, and has issued a travel advisory for New Zealanders using it.

via NZ foreign minister standing firm on withholding tourism aid to Tonga.

China defers repayment of Tonga’s multi-million loan


China has deferred Tonga’s repayment of its $119 million Pa’anga loan indefinitely, the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano told the Tongan parliament this morning, 18 September.

Tonga was scheduled to start repaying its loan from the Exim Bank of China, this coming Saturday, 21 September.

via China defers repayment of Tonga’s multi-million loan | Matangi Tonga.

China to build new office complex at Pangai Si’i


The contract for the conceptual design of a new Tonga Government Office Building complex was signed by representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office and the China Northeast Architectural Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd in Nuku’alofa, last Friday 13 September.

via China to build new office complex at Pangai Si’i | Matangi Tonga.

Samoan pilot to validate controversial Tongan plane


A Samoan pilot is among a team of experts to be part of the validation process of the controversial MA-60 aircraft gifted by China to Tonga, reports Talamua Online.

Concerns about the safety of the aircraft A Chinese aircraft gifted to Tonga triggered the New Zealand government to suspend tourism aid of more than US$8 until the MA-60 aircraft’s safety was certified to an international standard.

via Samoan pilot to validate controversial Tongan plane – Samoa – News – Islands Business magazine.