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Timor President Finds No Progress With Australia on Gas Project

  • Says Australia remains preferred partner for the gas pipeline
  • Ramos-Horta says he’d reject hosting a Chinese military base
Jose Ramos-Horta
Jose Ramos-HortaPhotographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta said that Australia has shown no signs moving forward with a long-stalled gas pipeline project that runs through the Southeast Asian country, leaving around $100 billion in potential revenue untapped.

Ramos-Horta, 72, said it was in Canberra’s interest to partner up on the project to develop a gas field in the Timor Sea rather than settle on an alternative under consideration that would go through Darwin.