Friday, 27 August 2010
China help TL more Visible then other Donors
On 24/08/2010 at 10.00 Am the chinese officials and East Timor official signed a contract for China to fund a new $8 million headquarters for Timor's fledgling army and the office of ministry of Defence.
East Timor's prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, has thanked the Chinese government for funding the construction of the country's new military headquarters and ministry for defence.
Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and Security Xanana Gusmao Has Joked with the Secretary state for Defence Julio Thomas Pinto that, "seems the designed as same as Presidential Palace."
The ceremony was withness by the representatives from other donnors representatives in Dili including the Australian embassador and other foreign representatives in Dili. After the opening ceremony finished PM Xanana went to shoked hands with his guest.
Deputy PM Jose Luis Guterres said the chinese aid is more realistic. "I can say that its more visivel. anyone that comes to Timor the perception is that the chinese presence is huge in Timor by constructin major infrastrature for the country." China has paid for other large buildings in East Timor, including the president's palace, the ministry of foreign affairs and the military residential headquarters. East Timor Government recently bought two patrol boats from China for its navy which was inaugurate in Dili on june.
Mr Gusmao says his government wants to strengthen bilateral military cooperation with countries that provide support without ties. The Chinese play very smart by given aids with zero conditions. Its different with other donors behave. Many other donors aids came with conditions like respect human rights, democracy, Justice and freedom of espression which some times anoyed the leaders of Timor Leste. The Former Guerilla Commander stated that it would not be legitimate for other countries to try to stop East Timor accepting military training from China.