Tag Archives: East Timor/Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste: two autocrats slug it out

  For a year that started so well in Timor-Leste, it has ended badly. The country in a constitutional crisis, its minority government refusing to reconvene parliament, and there is the prospect of new elections in 2018 looming. 2017 saw Presidential and Parliamentary elections, both of which were peaceful and which indicated that the country’s […]

China's interests in East Timor

When Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, part of its justification was that the then ruling Fretilin intended to allow the country to become a regional base for China. Fretilin had recently assumed power, having defeated the conservative UDT’s attempted coup in August of that year. But Fretilin’s victory was viewed in Indonesia as establishing […]