FOCUS: E. Timor 20 years on, an independent nation still in struggle

Politics Economy

Since East Timor gained independence in 2002, long queues of young East Timorese at the Embassy of Portugal, the country's former colonial power, to get Portuguese passports in an effort to find jobs in Europe, have been a common view. Felisberto Soares da Cruz was one of them, standing in the line under the scorching sun, just a couple days before the tiny Asian country celebrated its 20th anniversary of independence from Indonesia on Friday. While others were enthusiastically joining the celebrations by participating in various fun games inherited from their former ruler Indonesia, da Cruz a...

Kyodo News

Kyodo News Asia