Subject: Timor-Leste to promote relations with China: FM

Xinhua General News Service

June 16, 2009 Tuesday 3:10 PM EST

Timor-Leste to promote relations with China: FM

DILI Timor-Leste, June 16

Timor-Leste Foreign Minster Zacarias da Costa said here on Tuesday that the Timor- Leste government will further push forward the good and solid relations with China.

In an interview with Xinhua, the minister said that since its independence 7 years ago, Timor-Leste had established very good and constructive ties with China, and many cooperation projects have been conducted between the two countries.

Costa, who came back from a China recently, said that China has a lot of experience and knowledge in social and economic counstrution."We have learnt a lot from China,"he added.

Timor-Leste, he said, also has great potential for cooperation with China as it has oil, national gas and other natural resources. "We hope the two countries will work together in infrastructure and tourism fields,"he noted.

On international forum, he said, Tomor-Leste and China always support each other, such as Timor-Lester supports one-China policy and China supports Timor-Leste's efforts to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He believed that the bilateral relations between the two countries will be further strengthened.


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