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Belt and Road

East Timor's new president still driving China's Belt and Road

Ramos-Horta supports initiative 'completely' and urges U.S. to cooperate

East Timor's new President Jose Ramos-Horta during his inauguration ceremony in Dili on May 20.   © AP

DILI -- East Timor marked the 20th anniversary of its independence on Friday. While the Southeast Asian nation of 1.3 million people has established a viable democracy, its economy remains reliant on oil and natural gas revenues.

Jose Ramos-Horta, who was sworn in as president on Friday, supports China's Belt and Road Initiative global infrastructure push, potentially increasing Beijing's influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

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