China wants to set up partnership with Timor-Leste

9 April 2014

China wants to set up a “general partnership” with Timor-Leste (East Timor) to drive trade and two-way cooperation, the Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday in Beijing.

As he received a visit from Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmão last Sunday, Xi said that the characteristics of the partnership including being “good neighbours, friendship, mutual trust, reciprocity, firm support for essential common interests and the big concerns of both sides.”

The Chinese President proposed to “drive cooperation in construction of infrastructure, communications, energy, agriculture and development of special economic areas.”

On a week-long visit to China Gusmão’s schedule includes taking part in an annual conference of the Boao Forum, to be held on Hainan island, which will be attended by the Prime Ministers of Australia, China, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Laos, Namibia and Pakistan.

The Boao Forum, which was first proposed by several Asian heads of state at the end of the 1990s, is “a non-governmental organisation focused on promoting and boosting economic exchange, coordination and cooperation with Asia and other parts of the world.”

After the Boao Forum conference, which is due to end Thursday, Gusmão is due to visit the provinces of Fujian and Hunan. (macauhub)