Archive for the ‘Timor Leste’ Category

East Timor Gas Project Open to Chinese Firms, PM Gusmao Says

Via Nikkei Asia, an article on Timor Leste’s Greater Sunrise offshore natural gas project: East Timor will choose partners for the Greater Sunrise offshore natural gas project that bring benefits to the Southeast Asian island nation, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao told Nikkei, signaling that it will not rule out participation by Chinese companies.  “When we […]

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Google Will Run Internet Cables To Pacific Islands

Via Australia’s Financial Review, a report that Google signed a $102m Aussie-US deal to run internet cables to Pacific islands: Alphabet’s Google will run undersea cables powering internet access to at least eight Pacific island nations under a joint US-Australian deal set to be announced on Wednesday, according to a US official. The deal will […]

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How Timor-Leste Escaped the Political ‘Resource Curse’

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a look at how Asia’s youngest nation has shown that resource wealth does not necessarily impede the development of a stable democracy: Amid Southeast Asia’s democratic backsliding, Timor-Leste’s success is impressive. In May, the country elected a new parliament. In July, power was transferred peacefully from Fretilin to a National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT)-led coalition headed […]

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China, Resource-Rich East Timor Upgrade Bilateral Ties

Via Nikkei Asia, an article on China’s new strategic partnership with Timor Leste which may give Beijing more regional influence: China and East Timor have upgraded bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, potentially giving Beijing more influence in the region while satisfying the young half-island nation’s desire for stronger ties with major economies. The […]

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In Timor-Leste, China Chips Away at Australian Influence

Via The China Project, a report on growing Chinese influence in Timor Leste: In 2017, Timor-Leste signed up to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and hosted Chinese warships in its ports. It led to fears of a political power-play by the P.R.C., with some calling Timor-Leste “Australia’s Cuba.” The tiny half-island nation of Timor-Leste […]

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Economic Cooperation Between Indonesia & East-Timor: The Dilemmas Behind Strategic Decision

Via Modern Diplomacy, commentary on the potential for economic cooperation between Indonesia and Timor Leste: The highlight in ASEAN news for the past few weeks, Indonesia has agreed that East-Timor will be included in the ASEAN agenda for 2023, which Indonesia will be the Chairmanship for this year. However, there are still some polemics among […]

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