Chinese President, Tongan King Exchange Messages to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties


On November 2, 2008, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Tongan King Taufa'ahau Tupou V exchanged congratulatory messages to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Hu said in the message that the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries on Nov. 2, 1998 opened a new chapter in bilateral relations. Over the past 10 years, the bilateral ties have been continuously solidified and strengthened, he added. Hu said the establishment and development of bilateral ties have brought tangible benefits to the two peoples and promoted the stability and development of the Pacific Islands Region. China is willing to make joint efforts with Tonga, on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, to further strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation, boost the two peoples' friendship and understanding and lift China-Tonga friendly and cooperative ties to a higher level, thus making new contribution to the stability, development, progress and prosperity of the two countries and the region as a whole, he said.

Tupou V said in the message that it was farsighted for late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV to make the decision to forge diplomatic ties with China 10 years ago. The development of the ties has benefited the two peoples greatly, he said, adding the Tongan government will continue to abide by the one-China policy.

Relations with China: Tonga and China established diplomatic ties on November 2, 1998. In October 2004, Tongan King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and Queen paid a visit to China at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. In April 2007, Tongan Prime Minister Sevele paid an official visit to China. King Taufa'ahau Tupou V paid a state visit to China in April 2008.