Beijing, China, 8 June – The Chinese vice president, Xi Jinping Friday in Beijing pledged that China would continue to provide aid to East Timor at a meeting with the East Timorese Foreign Affairs Minister.
As developing countries, China and East Timor “are going through a period of great economic development and improvement of the living conditions of their populations,” said Xi Jinping cited by official Chinese news agency Xinhua.
He also noted a wish to “extend” cooperation with East Timor, a country rich in natural resources such as oil and natural gas, sources of energy that are needed for China’s development.
Zacarias da Costa said that his country valued its relationship with China and that it planned to boost cooperation in politics, trade and development of human resources.
China has supported East Timor in the construction of infrastructures in the country such as State buildings and in 2008 trade between the two countries totalling over US$900,000 in 2008. (macauhub)