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Australia should back East Timor’s LNG dream and head off China

The China card is being played against Australia everywhere in the Pacific

What does the fight over LNG processing in East Timor tell us about how to deal with it?

  • Geoff Raby
  • Financial Review

It was just a matter of time.

East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta has warned that if Woodside does not cave in to the long-standing demand to process Greater Sunrise gas onshore in that country, he will ask China to develop the project.

Of course, that is easier said than done.

China has showed little interest in the project and Woodside holds about 33 per cent of the lease.

Woodside insists the…

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