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Prime Minister Tonga Pohiba dies and concerns about Chinese movement to expand influence | NHK News

2019-09-12T07:56:06.672Z

Known for working on the democratization movement of the country in the South Pacific island country Tonga, in recent years it has increased its influence among Pacific island nations through massive support.


Prime Minister Tonga Pohiba died Concerned about Chinese movement to expand influence September 12 16:51

Achilli, known for working on the democratization movement of the country in the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, has recently expressed concern about China's movement to expand its influence among Pacific island nations through massive support.・ Prime Minister Pohiba died.

According to local media, Prime Minister Pohiba was transferred to a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, for treatment of pneumonia on the 11th, but died on the morning of the 12th. I was 78 years old.

In Tonga, where a king-centered and powerful political system continued for many years, Pohiba, who had taught at the University of Tonga, etc., became active as the central figure of the democratization movement from the late 1970s. It was.

Mr. Pohiba worked on democratization after being elected as a member of the parliament and was arrested for inciting the riots, but later democratization progressed, and in 2014, he became the first prime minister from the private sector.

In recent years, China has expressed concern that it is expanding its influence among Pacific island nations through massive support.

Otto said that the situation in Tonga, where the number of Chinese workers soared, said, "If it stays as it is, it will be taken over by China." “Wana” has also shown a sense of crisis.

Source: nhk

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