After Cyclone Gita damaged Tonga’s Parliament House last year, the government suggested China might like to pay to rebuild it. Photo: APAfter Cyclone Gita damaged Tonga’s Parliament House last year, the government suggested China might like to pay to rebuild it. Photo: AP
After Cyclone Gita damaged Tonga’s Parliament House last year, the government suggested China might like to pay to rebuild it. Photo: AP

Is Chinese money creating a debt trap in Tonga?

  • South Pacific island nation owes Beijing about US$108 million, or a quarter of its gross domestic product
  • Experts say country could be important to China’s navy or coveted for its fisheries, seabed minerals and natural resources

Topic |   Pacific nations
After Cyclone Gita damaged Tonga’s Parliament House last year, the government suggested China might like to pay to rebuild it. Photo: APAfter Cyclone Gita damaged Tonga’s Parliament House last year, the government suggested China might like to pay to rebuild it. Photo: AP
After Cyclone Gita damaged Tonga’s Parliament House last year, the government suggested China might like to pay to rebuild it. Photo: AP
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