Wang Yi: China ready to develop BRI cooperation plan with Timor-Leste
China is ready to work with Timor-Leste to develop a Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation plan and clarify key areas of cooperation, the State Councilor said Friday. Chinese and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Wang made the remarks while meeting with Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Taur Matan Ruak in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.
Proposed by China in 2013, the BRI includes the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and aims to build trade and infrastructure networks linking Asia with Europe and to Africa along and beyond the ancient Silk Roads.
China and Timor-Leste signed a memorandum of understanding on BRI cooperation in March 2017.
Wang met with Timor-Leste Foreign Minister Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno the same day.
The two countries agreed to deepen the alignment of development strategies and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, energy capacity, poverty reduction, education and health.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the restoration of independence of Timor-Leste and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste is the final leg of Wang’s 10-day tour of the Pacific region, following visits to the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
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