President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta on Sunday said some countries see China's development as a threat to the region and the world, adding such a "tunnel vision" is narrow-minded and unconvincing.
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June 5, 2023
Graeme Dobell – Craig Stockings's work on the official history of Australia's role in the bloody birth of Timor-Leste was bedevilled by Canberra's triangular relationship, vexed but vital, with Indonesia and East Timor.
May 26, 2023
Henry Jom – Timor Leste's independence fighter and first president Xanana Gusmao is set on pushing Australia for a gas pipeline to be built from the Greater Sunrise fields in the Timor Sea to his country's south coast if his party wins the country's parliamentary election.
Sacha Shaw – A parliamentary election and the climax of a month of celebrations marking the anniversary of independence came and went last weekend in Asia's youngest nation, Timor-Leste. By Tuesday, May 23, the results were in: Xanana Gusmao's National Congress of the Reconstruction of East Timor (CNRT) won from opposition, taking 31 out of a possible 65 seats in parliament.
Geoffrey Swenson – After a spirited election campaign, the people of Timor-Leste voted for a new parliament on May 21. The vote was free, fair and largely uneventful. The results were accepted. This is a remarkable accomplishment for democracy.
Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – With the victory of his CNRT Party in the May 20 elections, and his ability to form a strong coalition with a smaller party, Timor-Leste's independence hero Xanana Gusmao is moving closer to realizing his ambition to integrate the young nation into the globally influential ASEAN, with the strong backing of its former colonizer Indonesia.
May 24, 2023
Gantry Meilana – Timor-Leste's opposition party won Sunday's parliamentary election, meaning independence fighter Xanana Gusmao is likely to return as prime minister in Asia's youngest democracy.
May 22, 2023
Dili, Timor Leste – Timor Leste independence hero Xanana Gusmao's party was leading with two-thirds of votes counted in a parliamentary election, state media showed on Monday, heralding a possible return to power for the former rebel after nearly a decade in opposition.
Marian Faa, Dili, Timor-Leste – South-east Asia's youngest nation went to the polls on Sunday, with analysts' predictions of a tight result largely coming to fruition.
On Monday afternoon, Mr Gusmao's party CNRT had polled just short of 40 per cent of the vote, with counting continuing on Monday and into the week.
May 21, 2023
Dili, Timor Leste – Timor Leste holds parliamentary elections Sunday with independence hero Xanana Gusmao hoping to make a comeback as prime minister and end political deadlock in Asia's youngest country.
The polls are the fifth for the legislature since Timor Leste became independent from Indonesia in 2002 after 24 years of occupation.
Jakarta – East Timorese voters headed to the polls on Sunday in a parliamentary election that analysts said would likely see two resistance-era figures battle to be prime minister.
Sunday's poll is the country's fifth parliamentary election since East Timor gained full independence in 2002 following decades-long occupation by Indonesia.
Niall McCracken – One of Northern Ireland's fastest-growing migrant communities are casting their votes for elections thousands of miles away.
More than 2,000 people from East Timor who are living in Northern Ireland are registered to vote in their country's parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Voters in East Timor flocked to polling stations on Sunday to cast their ballot in parliamentary elections, hoping for an end to years of political deadlock in Asia's youngest country.
This is the fifth parliamentary poll since East Timor gained independence from Indonesia in 2002 after a 24-year occupation, with 65 national lawmakers to be elected to a five-year mandate.
May 20, 2023
Marian Faa, Dili – When 63-year-old Armanda Ferriera talks about her country's struggle for independence, tears spill from her eyes.
She wipes them away forcefully, as if trying to erase the painful memories they hold – these tears are angry tears.
Chris Barrett, Dili – When Timor-Leste was reborn as an independent nation in 2002, formalising its freedom from Indonesian occupation and, before that, Portuguese colonialism, boys and girls wrote down their aspirations for the new state on the back of postcards.
May 19, 2023
Chris Barrett, Maubisse, Timor-Leste – In the cool air of Timor-Leste's central highlands, Xanana Gusmao takes to a makeshift stage before hundreds of devotees in a park across from the local Catholic church.
Melissa Conley Tyler and Andrea Fahey – Sunday May 21 is election day in Timor-Leste, when voters decide on 65 members of parliament to represent them.
May 12, 2023
Chris Barrett, Suai, Timor-Leste – Timorese resistance hero and the country's first president, Xanana Gusmao, has sent a blunt message to Australia: give it a chance to further develop its own gas industry and let the underdeveloped nation flourish.
May 10, 2023
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Timor Leste Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak said at his grand ASEAN Summit debut on Wednesday that his country was on the right track to becoming a full member of the regional grouping.
April 28, 2023
Chris Barrett, Dili – It is election season across much of South-East Asia, but nowhere in these parts will the torch of democracy shine brighter than here in Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor).
April 21, 2023
Michael Leach – East Timorese voters at next month's parliamentary elections will be dressed a little differently from usual. The decision to hold the vote on the Sabbath – an unusual choice in a strongly Catholic nation – will bring tens of thousands of voters to the polling booths in their Sunday best.
April 19, 2023
Paul Osborne – Woodside's boss says the energy company is committed to finding a path forward on the multibillion dollar Sunrise gas project.
The development, about 450km northwest of Darwin and 150km south of East Timor, comprises the Sunrise and Troubadour gas and condensate fields.
April 18, 2023
Parker Novak – Election campaigns in Timor-Leste are a vibrant affair. The contesting political parties hold boisterous rallies, often featuring local cultural traditions and music, and party flags dot the landscape in cities and villages alike.
April 13, 2023
A senior bishop in predominantly Catholic Timor-Leste has appealed to political leaders to promote healthy politics and maintain stability ahead of campaigning for a general election next month.
Voters in one of the youngest countries in the world will be heading to the polls on May 21 for the country's fifth parliamentary election since 2002.
March 28, 2023
Tegar Nurfitra, Kupang – Indonesian Police (Polri), represented by East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Regional Police Chief (Kapolda) Inspector General Johanis Asadoma, intensified cooperation with the Timor-Leste Police (PNTL) by attending its head's inauguration ceremony in Dili, Timor-Leste, Mar 27.
March 27, 2023
According to National Procurement Commission (CNA) figures cited in China-Lusophone Brief, companies from China won 44 contracts worth a total of US$714.6 million during the period. Indonesian enterprises were awarded 72 contracts worth nearly US$499 million.
March 24, 2023
Rick Wilkinson – Jadestone Energy, Singapore, has resumed oil production at its troubled Montara field in the Timor Sea offshore northern Australia following a 7-month shut-in due to oil leaks and related problems on the Montara Venture floating production storage and offtake vessel (FPSO).
March 23, 2023
A senior Vatican official in Timor-Leste has lauded the government's commitment to providing annual financial assistance to the Catholic Church, calling it a long-term investment in people rather than a donation.
March 21, 2023
Timor-Leste's airline, Aero Dili, made its inaugural international flight Monday with its sole jet aircraft, an Airbus 320.
The service connected the Timorese capital of Dili with the Indonesian island of Bali, according to a report by the Portuguese news agency Lusa.
March 6, 2023
Patrick Dupont – On February 13, Timor-Leste's Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak met his Indonesian counterpart President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the Indonesian satellite city of Bogor, home to one of the country's many presidential palaces.
March 3, 2023
Timor-Leste president Jose Ramos-Horta has appealed to international partners to invest in Church organizations and civil society groups stating that the government has sufficient funds but lacks the necessary resources to execute social development programs.
March 2, 2023
Jose Matheus – Authorities in Timor-Leste are pushing for Portuguese to be adopted as the sole medium of instruction in the country's schools, even though some 80 per cent of the country's educational establishments are currently teaching in other languages.
February 28, 2023
Joe Hoppe – Baron Oil PLC said Tuesday that a competent person's report for the Chuditch-1 gas discovery, offshore East Timor, shows the project is likely to be economically viable.
The London-listed oil and gas company – which has a 75% operated effective interest in Chuditch – said the report estimates Chuditch-1 contains 1,084 billion standard cubic feet of gas.
February 25, 2023
Cindy Frishanti Octavia, Kupang – Governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has said that 30-40 large industries will be built to support the development of economic zones along the border shared by NTT and Oecusse, Timor Leste.
February 24, 2023
The government of Timor-Leste has approved the demarcation of 7 mining zones, comprising 49 concession areas, and is drawing up conditions for tenders, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reports.
February 23, 2023
Parker Novak – On 21 May, voters in Timor-Leste will head to the polls for the country's fifth parliamentary election since 2002. Elections in one of Southeast Asia's most vibrant democracies are always a competitive affair, and the Timorese treasure their right to vote because the simple act of casting ballots secured their path to independence in 1999.
February 13, 2023
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Close neighbors Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed to speed up their negotiations on the remaining land border disputes, following a meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and visiting Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak at the Bogor Palace on Monday.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Timor Leste Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak agreed on a number of commitments during a meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java on Monday, February 13, 2023. One of the commitments was related to the establishment of a bilateral investment treaty.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed on Monday Timor-Leste's membership of ASEAN and called for greater cooperation between the two neighboring countries in the future.
February 10, 2023
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Director of the Indonesian Bureau of Logistics (Buloag) Budi Waseso, admitted that he had received reports concerning rice smuggling to Timor Leste. The rice was smuggled to neighboring countries through Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara. In Timor Leste, the smuggled rice are being sold at Rp20,000 per kilogram.
February 9, 2023
Henry Jom – In a show of friendship, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has reaffirmed the country's enduring relationship with Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, during a visit by the island nation's prime minister and his delegation on Feb. 8.
February 6, 2023
Melbourne – Woodside Energy Group and its partners on Monday formally committed to working rapidly to pick the best option for developing the Greater Sunrise natural gas field, factoring in for the first time the potential benefits for East Timor.
The Catholic Church in Timor-Leste will assist to ensure upcoming parliamentary elections are peaceful after previous polls were marred by violence, says the country's top Catholic leader.
February 4, 2023
Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – Asean members are supportive of observer Timor-Leste's participation in the bloc, but full membership comes with heavy responsibilities and obligations which can be a steep hill to climb, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
February 3, 2023
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Timor Leste, which finally got the green light to join ASEAN "in principle" last year, made its ASEAN meeting debut on Friday hosted by neighboring Indonesia which holds the current presidency.
January 30, 2023
Timor Leste's former president and four-time prime minister Xanana Gusmao has come under fire for joining the birthday party of a defrocked American priest jailed for child sex abuse.
January 25, 2023
Rosmalis Anuar, Kuala Lumpur – After more than a decade of seeking full membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Timor Leste was finally, in principle, given approval to join the regional bloc as its 11th member state by ASEAN leaders who gathered in Phnom Penh for the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits in November last year (2022).
January 19, 2023
Malcolm Brown – Shirley Shackleton knew the risks. Married to journalist Greg Shackleton for just over nine years, and a mother of one, she was worried like any wife whose husband is about to embark on a dangerous assignment. But she resolved not to stand in his way.
January 18, 2023
Anne Barker, Jakarta – Shirley Shackleton once sat on her husband's grave and declared it a crime scene.
In the late 1980s in Dili, she personally confronted the army general who had led Indonesia's invasion of then Portuguese Timor.
Now she has been remembered as feisty, courageous and passionate, after dying at the weekend aged 91.
She was an unlikely hero.
Joanne Lin, Singapore – Timor-Leste may have received a consolation prize last year when it received in-principle approval to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as its 11th member state. However, it may have a long way to go in to reach the ultimate prize – full membership.