Timor Leste foreign minister Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares. Photo: Media DKS-MNEK

US$16 billion ‘hoax’: reports of Chinese loan for East Timor gas project were politically motivated, says foreign minister

  • East Timor is looking for international partners to finance its Greater Sunrise gas project, tapping some of the country’s last remaining resources
  • Foreign ministers from both countries have been talking about cooperating in the petrochemical industry
Topic |   Indonesia

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Timor Leste foreign minister Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares. Photo: Media DKS-MNEK
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Dili, capital of East Timor. China has backed a major infrastructure drive in the country of 1.3 million people. Photo: Shutterstock

East Timor’s China friendship won’t compromise its national interests: foreign minister

  • Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares tells sceptics of Dili’s ties with Beijing that it is not a ‘new, fragile country’ easily swayed by the largesse of others
  • The foreign minister, in an exclusive interview, says China is not a threat to others and neither are they a threat to China
Topic |   Diplomacy

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Dili, capital of East Timor. China has backed a major infrastructure drive in the country of 1.3 million people. Photo: Shutterstock
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