China and East Timor agree to boost bilateral cooperation | News
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met this Saturday with the Secretary General of the ruling Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin) party, Mari Alkatiri, and with the President of the National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres Lopes.
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Earlier, Foreign Minister Wang met with President Jose Ramos-Horta in Dili, capital of the Persian Gulf country, where he assured China is willing to make joint efforts with East Timor to push their bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership to a higher level.
The Chinese state councilor and foreign minister also said that China supports East Timor’s active participation in regional affairs, and hopes that Dili will soon join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and become a member of the Asian family.
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On his occasion, Ramos-Horta said that East Timo is full of confidence and expectation for the future of bilateral relations.
China’s development not only benefits Timor but is also of great importance to the region and the world, said the newly re-elected one-term president.
Hours earlier, Wang said that Fretilin is a political party with a glorious tradition, which has been committed to the revival of the country since it was created, and still plays an important role in the development and revitalization of East Timor today.
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has a long-standing relationship with Fretilin, and the two parties have always had exchanges with each other, Wang said, adding that he appreciates Fretilin’s firm adherence to the one-China policy.
China is willing to take the joint commemoration of the 20th anniversary of East Timor’s independence, together with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as an opportunity to enhance exchanges, consolidate mutual trust and deepen friendship, I note.
Wang kicked off a 10-day tour of the Pacific last Wednesday in the Solomon Islands, which will also take him to Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.