The new ambassador of Timor-Leste to Beijing, Loro Horta, has made his “top priority” to attract Chinese investment to the Timorese economy.
“The full potential of Sino-Timorese relations is far from being materialized. My top priority will be to attract Chinese investment to Timor-Leste,” said Loro Horta (pictured above, left) after being nominated for the post.
According to the ambassador, who is also the son of Timorese President José Ramos-Horta, Timor-Leste needs “investment that creates jobs”.
“China can offer Timor-Leste immense opportunities. Strong ties with China will reduce our dependence on other nations, while at the same time broadening our strategic horizons,” he argued, quoted in the publication.
In addition to a new ambassador to China, the President of Timor-Leste has also appointed a new envoy to the Philippines.
For the Philippines, the head of state appointed Ambassador Marciano Octávio Garcia da Silva, former ambassador of the country to Switzerland and Monaco, and also to the United Nations and other international organizations, in Geneva.