The Prime Minister of Tonga, Honorable Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, wishes to issue a public statement in response to articles published by various media organizations in recent weeks:
“For nearly two decades, the warm relations that Tonga and China have shared, continues to flourish and deepens, in every aspect of our development and people-to-people links and exchanges.
We have a lot of to be proud of in terms of achievements and challenges that our two peoples have enjoyed, are faced with, and have worked together towards, throughout the years.
Reports by certain media outlets over comments that I have made regarding the Chinese people in Tonga, took my comments out of context. It is with sincere regrets, that such isolated incidents have on
a number of occasions, misguided the goodness and close cooperation between our two peoples.
In future, it is with great hope that such incidents will not intend to tarnish the earnest and good relations that our two nations have long-established and are continuing to invest in.”
Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva