Jose Ramos Horta, president of East Timor, delivers a speech after taking his oath during a swearing-in ceremony in Dili last month. Photo: Reuters
Jose Ramos Horta, president of East Timor, delivers a speech after taking his oath during a swearing-in ceremony in Dili last month. Photo: Reuters
Diplomacy

US-China relations: East Timor isn’t ‘taking sides’ but it wants Beijing’s help, says president

  • Independence hero Jose Ramos-Horta has his sights set on expanding cooperation with China via the ‘extraordinary vision’ of the Belt and Road Initiative
  • The 72-year-old hero maintains his country won’t get involved in any US-China rivalry, but analysts say it’s going to be a tough balancing act to pull off

Jose Ramos Horta, president of East Timor, delivers a speech after taking his oath during a swearing-in ceremony in Dili last month. Photo: Reuters
Jose Ramos Horta, president of East Timor, delivers a speech after taking his oath during a swearing-in ceremony in Dili last month. Photo: Reuters
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