Protesters in Jakarta burned Australian flags and called for a break in diplomatic ties as tensions between the two countries escalated to their highest level in 14 years over claims the phones of Indonesia’s leaders were tapped.
Indonesia called a halt to cooperation with Australia on asylum seekers and intelligence sharing as the biggest dispute between the two countries in 14 years deepened over claims the phones of leaders in Jakarta were tapped.
The Southeast Asian nation of East Timor celebrates 10 years of independence tomorrow night facing a challenge that has eluded emerging economies across the world: How to stop oil wealth wrecking your economy.
East Timor President Jose Ramos- Horta said he wants Woodside Petroleum Ltd. and its partners in the Sunrise project off northern Australia to pipe the gas to a plant in his country because it would spur the economy.
Hillary Clinton stopped in East Timor today, lending her support to efforts to expand economic opportunities in the tiny Southeast Asian nation that is lagging behind its better-off neighbors 10 years after independence.
East Timor plans to spend $3 million studying the option of building a plant in the country to process gas from the Sunrise project operated by Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said.
East Timor’s allegations that Australia engaged in espionage during 2004 talks on a treaty for the Sunrise natural gas field may lead to further delays for a Woodside Petroleum Ltd. project, Deutsche Bank AG said.