Tonga Latest to Join China’s Belt and Road

Tonga has signed up to China’s Belt and Road initiative and has received a reprieve from Beijing on the timing of debt payments shortly before an onerous schedule to repay loans was due to start. Lopeti Senituli, political adviser to Tongan Prime MinisterAkilisi Pohiva, told Reuters by email Sunday that Tonga had signed a Belt and Road memorandum of understanding, and that the concessional loan had been deferred for five years. Tonga is one of eight island nations in the South...

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