China defers Tonga’s loan payments as Pacific nation signs up to Belt and Road

Tonga's King shakes hands with China's President at a meeting earlier this year. Picture: Reuters: Lintao Zhang

PORT MORESBY,19 NOVEMBER 2018 (REUTERS) – Tonga has signed up to China’s Belt and Road initiative and has received a reprieve from Beijing on the timing of debt payments shortly before an onerous schedule to repay loans was due to start. Lopeti Senituli, political advisor to Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, told Reuters by email […]

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