President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of Timor-Leste in Hangzhou, capital city of East China's Zhejiang province, Sept 23, 2023. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
HANGZHOU - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of Timor-Leste on Saturday jointly announced the elevation of bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
They met in Hangzhou, capital city of East China's Zhejiang province, ahead of the opening of the 19th Asian Games scheduled for Saturday.
The elevation of bilateral ties is a practical necessity for the two countries to advance their cooperation, and a shared expectation of the two peoples, Xi said.
China is willing to join hands with Timor-Leste on the journey of modernization to bring more benefits to the two peoples, Xi added.
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