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China’s Largesse in Tonga Threatens Future of Pacific Nation

A Chinese flag flies outside the Chinese Embassy in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, April 8, 2019.

The days unfold at a leisurely pace in Tonga, a South Pacific archipelago with no traffic lights or fast-food chains. Snuffling pigs roam dusty roads that wind through villages dotted with churches.

Yet even in this far-flung island kingdom there are signs that a battle for power and influence is heating up among much larger nations – and Tonga may end up paying the price.

In the capital, Nuku’alofa, government officials work in a shiny new office block – an $11 million gift from China that is rivaled in grandeur only by China’s imposing new embassy complex.

Dozens of Tongan bureaucrats take all-expenses-paid read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com