Tonga declared itself neutral, but British worried about pro-German bias in palace

Na'e fakahā e Tonga oku ikai kau ia ki ha fa'ahi he tau lahi 'uluaki'. Ka ne hoha'a ki heni 'a Pilitānia he hangē oku ne fuu ofi ki Siamane' pea' ne iku folau ai ki Tonga ha fakafofonga mei Pilitānia. Ne mahino ai ki Pilitānia oku mei tokolahi ange kau Siamane i Tonga' he kau Pilitānia'. Pea toe 'asi oku lahi ngāue'aki 'e he Tu'i' e ngaahi teunga mei Siamane tuku kehe a e hangē ne lahi ange e koloa Siamane ne fakatau i Tonga' he koloa Pilitānia'. Ne iku foki o malu'i 'e Pilitania 'a Tonga he 1900. I he ngaahi alea ke fai e malu'i ko'eni' na'e fokotu'u atu e Pilitānia ki Tonga ke na felotoi ke kau 'a Pilitānia hono tokanga'i 'ene ngaahi fokotu'utu'u ngāue ki muli' ka ne 'ikai tali eni 'e he Tu'i II.

The kingdom of Tonga chose not to take sides at the  beginning of the First World War, but British officials were uncertain how far that neutrality went. At the beginning of the 20th century, with Great Britain, France, Germany and the United Stae all vying for power in the Pacific, King Tupou II signed a…


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