China grants US$4.4 million to East Timor for refurbishment of infrastructures

21 October 2009

Dili, East Timor, 21 Oct – China plans to grant East Timor 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) for refurbishment of infrastructures, prime minister, Xanana Gusmão said Tuesday in Dili.

On his return to East Timor after an official visit to China, East Timor’s prime minister said that the Chinese offer was communicated to him during a meeting he had with his Chiese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, who also pledged China’s efforts towards economic and social development of East Timor.

The Timorese delegation took part in the 10th International Economic and Commerce Fair of Western China and the Second International Western China Forum on International Cooperation, in which Gusmão was an invited speaker.

The Timorese delegation also visited the shipyard where two patrol ships ordered by the Timorese government to protect its territorial waters are currently under construction.

“The ships are due to be delivered to East Timor, in march 2010 at the latest,” said Gusmão.

The prime minister and his delegation also visited 36 Timorese soldiers who are undergoing training in China and will be part of the crew of the two patrol ships. (macauhub)