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Australia aims to limit China’s role in Timor LNG

The prospect of China becoming more involved in East Timor is pushing Australia to increase its interest in Timor LNG The prospect of China becoming more involved in East Timor is pushing Australia to increase its interest in Timor LNG.
By Damon Evans 7 February 2019 Asia Pacific / Exploration & Production 0 33909
ConocoPhillips' Bayu Undan platform in the Timor Sea. (ConocoPhillips)

The key issue: Australia is exploring ways to invest in East Timor’s planned LNG export industry to block any potential Chinese involvement under Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative.

Interfax analysis: East Timor is set to become part of a wider battle for influence in the Pacific region between China and Australia as it forges ahead with plans to build an LNG plant and develop an associated petrochemicals industry.

Timorese President Francisco Guterres approved a decree on 17 January that will allow East Timor to use its...