After 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

After 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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