Timor-Leste Seeks to Strengthen Bonds with China Amid US-China Rivalry, Says President



In a recent interview with DW News, the President of Timor-Leste shared insights into the country’s journey since gaining independence 22 years ago, emphasizing the importance of peace, ethical conduct, and international relationships in their struggle for self-determination. Highlighting the significance of not succumbing to hate and seizing opportunities, the President discussed the challenges and achievements Timor-Leste has faced, including the relationship with Indonesia and the strategic positioning between the US and China. The discussion also touched on the country’s development goals, the importance of international cooperation, and the vision for Timor-Leste’s future.

  • Timor-Leste marks 22 years of independence, focusing on peace and ethical conduct throughout its struggle.
  • The President discussed the importance of not engaging in violence against civilians during the conflict with Indonesia.
  • Indonesia’s transition to democracy and the referendum for Timor-Leste’s independence were highlighted as pivotal moments.
  • Accountability and justice for past injustices were discussed, with the freedom of Timor-Leste being the utmost form of justice.
  • The President commented on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the importance of a two-state solution.
  • Timor-Leste’s foreign policy aims for good relations with both the United States and China, avoiding viewing China as a threat.
  • The country has shown interest in developing its oil and gas fields, with China showing significant investment interest without Timor-Leste owing debt to China.
  • Despite being one of the poorest countries, Timor-Leste has made significant progress in healthcare and education since independence.
  • The President supports the idea of Timor-Leste becoming a tax-free country and a free trade area to accelerate development.
  • There is confidence in the younger generation to lead the country towards a bright future, with an emphasis on increasing self-confidence and sophistication in international affairs.

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