Communist China’s Navy Moves to Aid Tonga After Australian Warship Loses All Power / Photo by Zhang Lei

Australia’s largest warship has been left powerless at a Tonga dock as China’s navy races to deliver disaster relief supplies – and win the hearts and minds of our Pacific neighbours.

An international effort is in full swing after a January 14 volcanic eruption and deadly tsunami swamped the Tongan archipelago. The Australian helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ship HMAS Adelaide was among the first responders when it arrived last week, carrying more than 250 pallets of emergency humanitarian stores.

The 27,000-tonne warship arrived last Wednesday.

It’s spent the past four days largely powerless after a failure of its electrical generation system.

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