US has reportedly invited 12 regional countries, including the Solomon Islands, which in April struck a security pact with China, heightening Washington's concern about Beijing's growing clout.
China's foreign minister Wang Yi met with the leaders of Samoa on the third stop of an island-hopping tour aimed at deepening China's ties with Pacific nations.
Beijing hopes regional island nations will accept its Common Development Vision — a major cooperation deal, ranging from fisheries to security, that has alarmed US and its regional partners.
Tonga will enter a lockdown after finding coronavirus infections in two port workers helping distribute aid arriving in the Pacific nation following a volcanic eruption and tsunami.
The Red Cross provided tents, food, water and toilets to households on Tonga’s main island which has been suffering devastating effect of volcano eruption.
Energy firm Repsol blamed the volcanic eruption in Tonga for a major oil spill of nearly 6,000 barrels.
Australia and New Zealand have sent humanitarian supplies including temporary shelters, generators, hygiene kits, and communications equipment to the tsunami-hit pacific nation.
About 84,000 people — more than 80 percent of Tonga's population — impacted by the volcano's eruption, UN officials say while Red Cross confirms serious damage to three small islands of the Pacific nation.
Tonga’s only undersea cable was damaged after Saturday’s volcano-tsunami disaster, plunging the Pacific island into a communications blackout that could last for weeks.
At least three people have died and many were injured after a volcanic eruption and tsunami destroyed an entire village on Tonga's Mango island, the government reports.
Volcanic eruption has cut communication with the Pacific island nation of Tonga as New Zealand and Australia sent military surveillance flights to assess the damage .
South Pacific archipelago remains largely cut off from the world several days after eruption on an uninhabited volcanic island cut its main undersea communications cable.
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