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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Boys play near a harbour in Dili, East Timor, as a container ship sails into port. File photo

Chinese cash: enough to keep East Timor out of Asean?

  • Southeast Asia’s youngest nation faces a Catch-22 in ties with China
  • To join Asean, it needs to improve its economy, but, in improving its economy with China’s help, it may jeopardise its chances of joining Asean
Topic |   Asean

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Boys play near a harbour in Dili, East Timor, as a container ship sails into port. File photo
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