China to continue support F-FDTL

Dili: On 13 August 2018, Chinese defense attaché to Timor Leste, Coronel Huang Damin met Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixao de Jesus to confirm the arrival date of materials donated by the Chinese government such as mobile kitchen, boots, beds and many other materials.  During the meeting, the attaché also extended congratulation from Chinese Minister of Defense to minister Filomeno regarding his nomination as Minister of Defense to Timor Leste.

During the occasion, the attaché informed Minister of Defense on the arrival date of donation from the Chinese government.  The arrival date will be in two phases, the first phase will be on 15 August 2018, and the second phase will be in November 2018.  The first phase of the donation will cover cooking vehicles (mobile kitchen), and the second phase will cover materials such as beds, boots, shoes, etc.

The defense attaché also handed an invitation from Chinese Minister of Defense for Timor Leste Minister of Defense to participate in Beijing Xiangshan Forum on 24 to 26 October 2018.  The forum is a high-level forum to bring together Ministers of Defense and Generals to talk about bilateral and regional cooperation regarding security and defense affairs.

Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus on behalf of Timor Leste government expressed gratitude over the continues support from the Chinese government to Timor Leste.  According to minister Filomeno, the Chinese government supports not only equipment but also in infrastructure areas but also in human resource training or capacity building.  Minister of Defense hoped the good cooperation between the two countries would bring positive impacts.  During the meeting, minister Filomeno also confirmed that he and a team will participate in Forum Beijing Xiangshan.

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