Later, trouble erupted and Australian and NZ troops were sent in to restore order.
I then posted on the irresponsibility of sending our troops to prop up the Marxist Fretilin government and exposed the socialist backgrounds of East Timor’s two rivals for power, Mari Alkatiri and Xanana Gusmao.
As the fledgling Government in Dili has struggled to recover from violent upheaval last year, which left dozens dead and almost 3000 buildings destroyed, China has pushed ahead with Dili’s biggest-ever construction projects.
Dili-based diplomats are watching curiously how the country with the world’s biggest population is spending many millions of dollars to establish an economic, diplomatic and strategic foothold in one of the smallest nations on Australia’s doorstep.
They say China is looking to East Timor for a source of raw materials and energy supplies and wants to develop close ties with Dili as part of a strategy to expand Beijing’s influence in South-East Asia.
Diplomats say China is also keen to use close ties with Dili to limit Taiwan’s ambitions in the region.
As well as the Foreign Ministry, China plans to build a new presidential palace and its own embassy, all overseen by Chinese engineers and built by Chinese and Timorese workers.
China has wooed East Timor’s leaders with all-expenses-paid trips to China, established tentative relations with East Timor’s army, including donating equipment such as tents and uniforms, and has paid for at least six army officers to be trained in China.
Dr.Angela Freitas/Former Presidential Candidate/Leader of Trabalhista (Labor) Party also made this interesting comment on Pacific Empire
International community have to know who is the master mind of this crisis is it President, or Prime Minister. Why have to hunt the innocent people who where trying to put justice into place. The report of International investigation for crimes,has been released a few months ago,until today the Marxist Fretelin Government did not follow this up seriously,because the more confusion they created, the more time they have to control the situation from the crimes they are committing. Especially if those in power today are given another five more years to continue to rape my country.
Another grave concern I have is the number of workers from North Korea, Cuba and Mozambique that have been freely allowed to come to my country. I foresee East Timor becoming a breeding ground for terrorism,posing a direct threat to the countries of Asia-Pacific Region.
Does the South Pacific really need Chinese/Russian/North Korean outposts in East Timor and Fiji?
Unless Australia and New Zealand act decisively, we are going to have two major security problems in our neighbourhood.