Tonga has adopted a sister city for its Haʻapai islands in an agreement signed yesterday in Nukuʻalofa with China’s Dongguan city.
The Memorandum of Understanding allows the sister cities to share what they have in a wide range of areas including promoting cultural and commercial ties.
The agreement was signed by the Governor of Ha’apai Hon Moʻale Fīnau and Dongguan’s Deputy Mayor Mr. Yang Xiaotang.
This has marked the beginning of a new chapter in the relationship between Tonga and China.
The Acting Prime Minister and Minister of MEIDECC Hon Siaosi Sovaleni said: “The relations between the City of Dongguan and His Majesty’s Government have further strengthened with the success of the signing ceremonies of the Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation and exchanges; and the Memorandum of Understanding for the sister relationship between Dongguan and the Ha’apai Island,” he said.
“We are confident that our relations will further promote good cooperation and long lasting friendship between China and the Kingdom of Tonga.”
Dongguan is an industrial city in China’s Pearl River Delta and it has 6.446 million population.