|Wang Zhizhen, Special Representative of President Hu Jintao, Meets with East Timor's President and Parliament Speaker|
On May 18, 2012, Wang Zhizhen, special representative of President Hu Jintao and vice chairwoman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), met respectively with East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta and Parliament Speaker Fernando Lasama de Araujo in Dili.
During her meeting with President Jose Ramos-Horta, Wang first conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from President Hu Jintao. Wang said since the establishment of diplomatic ties 10 years ago, China-East Timor relations have made great progress and have served as a good example of equality and friendly cooperation between big and small countries. China will continue to adhere to the policy of "treating its neighbors well and as partners", constantly enhance mutual political trust, promote pragmatic cooperation and carry forward the traditional friendship so as to push relations between China and East Timor to achieve new and greater development.
Wang praised the outgoing president for his great contribution to developing bilateral ties between China and East Timor, expressing hope that Ramos-Horta will continue to make contributions to long-term and sound development of bilateral ties.
Ramos-Horta spoke highly of the relations between East Timor and China, saying that East Timor thanks for China's long-standing strong support, and will continue to resolutely pursue the one-China policy and firmly support China's positions and proposals on issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and other core interests. Ramos-Horta said after the parliamentary election in July, the new government and new parliament would continue the friendship with China, further develop the bilateral pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields and enhance coordination on international and regional affairs in a bid to push the ties to a new level.
When meeting with Parliament Speaker Fernando Lasama de Araujo, Wang first conveyed the cordial greetings and best wishes from Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) and Chairman Jia Qinglin of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Wang said China and East Timor enjoy profound traditional friendship with consolidated mutual political trust, fruitful cooperation in various fields and mutual support in major core issues. The CPPCC is willing to further strengthen exchanges with the East Timorese National Parliament, and learn from each other to lay a solid foundation for friendship between the two countries. Wang also briefed on the role of the CPPCC.
Fernando Lasama de Araujo agreed with Wang's comments on bilateral relations, saying the East Timorese government and people will always remember China's precious support and selfless assistance for East Timor's national liberation and construction. The parliament of East Timor will remain committed to developing friendly relations and extensive cooperation with China's NPC and CPPCC to promote in-depth development of bilateral ties.
In the evening, Wang also attended a reception marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-East Timor diplomatic ties co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in East Timor and the East Timorese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. East Timor's new President Taur Matan Ruak, Parliament Speaker Fernando Lasama de Araujo, President of Supreme Court Claudio Ximenes, Prosecutor-General Ana Pessoa, Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa and other Cabinet ministers, Chinese Ambassador to East Timor Tian Guangfeng, as well as East Timorese people from all walks of life, representatives from overseas Chinese and Chinese-funded enterprises and foreign envoys in East Timor attended the reception.