Tonga’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for Tonga’s international relations and manages the running of the country’s embassies. Tonga is a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and has been a member of the United Nations since 1999. There are a number of embassies and high commissions in Tonga, all of which operate from Nukualofa. Tonga has strong bilateral relations with Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Tonga also has its own diplomatic representatives – embassies high commissions and consulates – in some five countries around the world working to improve the lives of Tongans at home and abroad.