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Australia encouraged to embrace globalisation. 28/11/2003. ABC News Online

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Australia encouraged to embrace globalisation

East Timor's Foreign Affairs Minister, Jose Ramos-Horta, has told a public administration conference in Brisbane that globalisation will ultimately lead to the end of the traditional concept of sovereignty.

Dr Ramos-Horta says society has become more mobilised, educated and informed through expanding globalisation and communication improvements.

He says it is in Australia's interest to embrace change and foster regional relationships, as it has done in the past.

"We would not be free today, we would not be making the progress that we are making today without the partnership of so many countries; the generosity from countries like Australia and others - the interdependency is a reality," he said.

He says the development of inter-country relations will only work to improve the region's overall economic standing.

"It is in Australia's interest in the sense that Australia does not have to worry about instability and insecurity, in the sense that if East Timor is prosperous, East Timor can buy from Australia, can sell to Australia - so it is in everybody's interest," he said.

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