Dili, October 8th, 2019: H.E. Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Isabel da Costa Ferreira, and the Chinese Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Xiao Jiangou, on Tuesday held a courtesy visit to the Chinese military ship (Chinese naval training ship) Qi Jiguang 83, that is currently mooring in Dili Port, as part of a four days goodwill visit to Timor-Leste.
On this visit, the Government Head was welcomed by Rear Admiral Yi Wenbing, a political commissar of Dalian Naval academy and Captain of the ship, who accompanied the Government Head and his spouse on a visit to each deck of the ship, and introduced them about the ship. In addition to visiting the ship, they watched a video documentary on the development of Dalian Naval Academy, which is located in Dalian port City, south of Liaoning Province.
After visiting the ship, the meeting continued with an exchange of views on bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The Prime-Minister thanked this goodwill visit of the Chinese military ship to Timor-Leste and expressed the wish that this visit could continue frequently in the future, in order to strengthen the friendship ties and cooperation between the two countries, especially in the military area.
Meanwhile, the Political Commissar of Dalian Naval Academy, Rear Admiral Yi Wenbing, expressed his satisfaction and honour to the Prime Minister’s visit, who was able to respond positively to the invitation of the Chinese ambassador in order to be able to visit the ship. The Political Commissar highlighted that the visit of the Chinese Naval Training Ship Qi Jiguang 83 to Timor-Leste, is a great evidence of the friendship between China and Timor-Leste and also stressed that this friendship will remain in close cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
During the visit, the Government Head was also surprised with a birthday cake that was given to him given his 63rd anniversary on October 10th.
The presence of the Chinese Naval Training Ship Qi Jiguang 83 in Timor-Leste, is a part of the China Popular Republic foundation 70th-anniversary celebrations, that were held on October 1st, 2019. After the visit to Timor-Leste, the ship also will visit Brunei, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Fiji.
During the four days stay in Timor-Leste, besides the visit from the Prime Minister, the ship was also visited by other important entities of the country. Also, a football match was held between the F-FDTL military and the sailors of the Chinese ship, before leaving Timor Leste.
The Chinese Naval Training Ship Qi Jiguang 83, has 163,5 meters of length, 22,2 meters of width and has a capacity of 9.000 tons and a top speed of 22 knots. The ship’s crew is made up of 517 members, which are led by the political commissar of Dalian Naval Academy, Rear-Admiral Yi Wenbing. END