On January 19, 2022, President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to King of Tonga Tupou VI over the grave disaster caused by the volcanic eruption in the country.
Xi Jinping said, I am shocked to learn about the volcanic eruption and the resulting tsunami and other grave disasters, which have caused heavy losses. On behalf of the Chinese government and people as well as in my own name, I would like to extend sincere condolences to the Tongan government and people. China and Tonga are comprehensive strategic partners with mutual support and mutual assistance. China is willing to provide support within its capacity to Tonga to help the Tongan people defeat the disaster and rebuild their homeland.
On the same day, Premier Li Keqiang sent a message of condolence to Tongan Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni.