China pledges more assistance as completion of St George Palace construction “certified”


China has pledged more assistance to Tonga and the two countries have this week also formally marked the completion of the St George Palace which was solely funded by the Chinese Communist Party.

The construction has been completed ahead of schedule which was August 31. It was completed in May 17.

Chinese Ambassador H.E Mr. Wang Baodong and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni on June 22 have signed a Handover Certificate at the MEIDECC’s Headquarters to mark the completion of the construction of the TP$28 million worth government building.

Meanwhile Baodong presented office equipment worth over TOP$160,000 for the Parliament.

The equipment included an all-in-one computer which contains a desktop computer, laser printers, scanners and a photocopier machines.

Baodong promised his country will continue to assist the kingdom in various fields.

“It is to further enhance the relationship and bilateral cooperation between the two countries”.

The donation was followed by an agreement signed by the two leaders.

“China’s contribution to the Legislative Assembly is to show the goodwill and friendship between the two countries”, a statement said.

“His Excellency also pledges to continue his predecessor’s support for more interaction between the Tongan Parliament and the People’s Republic of China’s Congress”.

“Mr. Baodong who presented his credentials to the King on Monday was also appreciative of the fact most Tongan legislators have visited China on numerous occasions therefore enhances the mutual understanding of the two parliaments.

“Lord Speaker Tu’ivakano expressed his sincere appreciation for the generous contribution and hoping for more assistance from China in the future”.