China provides disaster relief assistance to Tonga

The Chinese Government has provided USD 500,000 of emergency humanitarian assistance by remittance to the Tongan Government.

The fund will assist in rehabilitation following the devastation of Cyclone Gita on Tongatapu and Eua earlier this week.

China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Wang Yi sent a message to Prime Minister, a day after Cyclone Gita hit Tonga extending heartfelt sympathy to the Government and people of Tonga, vowing that China is ready to provide emergency disaster relief assistance within its capacity, and believing that with the joint efforts of the Tongan government and people, Tonga will be able to overcome the disaster and rebuild the country.

The Red Cross Society of China has offered USD 100,000 of emergency humanitarian assistance by remittance to the Red Cross Society of Tonga.

The Chinese Embassy in Tonga will also donate 40,000 Pa’anga by remittance for the relief work.

Furthermore, the Chinese side will continue to actively help the Tongan government and people rebuild the country according to the need of the Tongan side.

China’s Ambassador to Tonga, Wang Baodong, met with Pohiva Thursday and briefed him on the assistance.

Prime Minister Pohiva expressed sincere gratitude to the sympathy from the Chinese Government and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the considerable assistance provided by China.

He said that Tonga looks forward to China’s participation in the post-disaster reconstruction of Tonga and is ready to keep communication with the Chinese side on the recovery effort.


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