What we see in the photo is not a timing belt but a serpentine drive belt for all those accessories that we rely on to rob horsepower. The timing belt is under the cover behind that lengthy belt since its too vital to leave exposed.
No, Brilliance is not sitting on its hands when it comes to engine development. It has been producing engines for some time now in its Mianyang Xincheng plant, and has had a 31% stake in Shenyang-Mitsubishi aerospace.
The following website gives details about its collaboration with Germany's engine maker FEV on the 1.8 liter shown: