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NUKU'ALOFA (June 11, 1997 - PACNEWS) ---The governments of Tonga and the Republic of China have signed an agricultural cooperation agreement designed to boost Tonga's agricultural development.

The accord was signed in Nuku'alofa today by Tonga's Prime Minister, Baron Vaea, and the Republic of China's Vice Foreign Minister, Tzen Wen-hua.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Baron Vaea said Tonga has benefited significantly --both socially and financially-- from the Republic of China. He said the new agreement marks the Silver Jubilee of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which were established in 1972.

Tzen Wen-hua responded with a tribute to the friendly relationship that exists between his country and Tonga. He said both countries share common ideals in their efforts to promote the well-being of their people.

Meantime, Tonga's Director of Agriculture, Haniteli Fa'anunu, says the government of the Republic of China has dispatched a special mission to Tonga to carry out demonstration projects under the agreement signed today. The projects will include improving the cultivation of both vegetables and fruits, and the raising of livestock and poultry.

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