The port in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, was leased to Chinese firm Landbridge in 2015. Photo: Handout

Darwin, Australia at centre of strategic tussle between US and China

  • United States plans to build military facility in the Northern Territory capital once it’s approved by Congress, according to Australian defence minister
  • Its port was leased to Chinese company Landbridge Group in 2015 under a controversial 99-year deal
Topic |   Australia

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The port in Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, was leased to Chinese firm Landbridge in 2015. Photo: Handout
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A man in East Timor puts the finishing touches to a mural in the capital Dili. Photo: AP

East Timor wants to tap oil and gas near Australia, so why is it courting China?

  • The young Southeast Asian nation is almost entirely dependent on oil and gas revenue as well as aid from richer neighbours
  • But international energy firms have left the country in the lurch by pulling out of a critical offshore project near Darwin, leaving Dili with only one place to turn
Topic |   Energy

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A man in East Timor puts the finishing touches to a mural in the capital Dili. Photo: AP
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