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Three countries against Beijing in Indo - Pacific

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Related imageDILI – Indo-pacific now become a regional dispute by giant countries in the world after Beijing announce mega - project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa in 2016. 

Three countries such as US, Australia and Japan have announced their investment plans in Indo - Pacific on July 31, 2018 to fight Beijing in Indo - Pacific.

Australia, the United States and Japan have announced a trilateral partnership to invest in projects in the Indo-Pacific region that would build infrastructure, address development challenges, increase connectivity, and promote economic growth.

This trilateral partnership is in recognition that more support is needed to enhance peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corp., the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released a statement saying that through the partnership, the three countries intend to "mobilize investment in projects that drive economic growth, create opportunities, and foster a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific."

The trilateral partnership comes as China expands its presence in the region through its large-scale infrastructure investment program called the Belt and Road Initiative.

Beijing has loaned countries across Asia billions of dollars as part of its "Belt and Road" development strategy, including to island nations in the Pacific, a region Canberra views as its backyard.

 Areas of investment will include energy, transportation, tourism and technology.

Overnight, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $113 million in new U.S. investments in technology, energy and infrastructure for the Indo-Pacific region in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Pompeo said the United States "will never seek domination in the Indo-Pacific," and that "we will oppose any country that does."

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said, Australia, the United States and Japan are all significant investors in the Indo – pacific region.

“We have decided to form a trilateral partnership so that we can increase our investment into infrastructures, building connectivity, driving economic growth and meeting economic challenges in the Indo – pacific,” Bishop said in Dili, Timor - Leste. 

“This is new infrastructure funding initiatives build on agreement that the prime – minister signed in Washington in February this year, I’ve see on many occasions that no one country alone can meet all the infrastructure needs in the Indo – pacific and so I’m very excited by the prospect of the Australia, the United States and Japan pulling our resources so that we can drive economic growth in the Indo – pacific”.

Bishop added, the founding would be through a arrangement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, United States has an overseas private investment corporation and in Japan would be Japanese bank for international cooperation but we looking to investment project in technology, in agriculture, in telecommunications, driving economic growth for the people of Indo – pacific.

“We welcome the investment from the other countries into the indo – pacific, no one country can meet all of the investment needs and upset on many occasions that we welcome investment in indo – pacific that adhere so global standard of transparency, accountability, engaging local work forces and ensuring unsustainable death isn’t impose on the recipient nation”. 

This is the standard that Australia and the United States and Japan we look here to . . . we want to see the high level of accountability, transparency, good governance using and utilizing the local work forces which is very important to countries in Indo – pacific and ensuring that none of our investment ally to unsustainable death burden on the recipient countries.

Which countries will be the priorities to target for development? Bishop said, clearly this is would be a competitive process and there are great in need and there will be funds available but what we will do is focus on those investments so we make the biggest difference to the economic growth and driving peace revolution prosperity in Indo – pacific that’s our aim.

Clearly, overseas investment so a matter for Japanese private sector they would have to be a business case so it’s obviously have the economic viable. We welcome Japanese investor into Australia in fact the INPEX Lng project is one of the Japan largest overseas investment. We welcome Japanese investment into the energies resources market.

Bishop argues that, Australia is not in race against anybody. The Australian government works with many other government to ensure peace stability and prosperity in the region and that’s why a new trilateral infrastructure partnership with United States and Japan is desiring to do increase peace, stability in the Indo – pacific region.Image result for One Belt One Road

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ONE BELT, ONE ROAD (OBOR) INITIATIVE. One belt one road, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a project initiated by the Chinese President Xi Jinping. Its objective is to build trade routes between China and the countries in Central Asia, Europe and Indo-Pacific littoral countries.

China is currently undertaking what it considers the largest project of the century — building a network of railroads and shipping lanes linking itself with 70 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.

The main focuses of the "Belt and Road" initiative — also known as "One Belt, One Road" — are in infrastructure, transportation, and energy.

Countries including India, Pakistan, Russia, New Zealand and Poland have all joined in the project. Together they make up at least a third of the world's GDP. (Oki)

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 Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. 

DILI – There are indications that when Australian oil companies fail to building the LNG Plant infrastructure iha Beasu in Vikeke there is a possibility that the government of Timor - Leste will ask Chinese oil companies to build it. 

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said, she does not aware about this issue.

“I am not sure that I am aware about the particular project that you talking about. I am sure, I’m not,” she said.

But earlier Bishop stated that She is determine to ensure that the development of Greater Sun Rise (GSR) a maximizes the benefit for the people of Timor – Leste. How matter is done is the matter to determine joint venture partners and we stand ready to support Timor – Leste in finding that path way to ensure that the development of Greater Sun Rise maximizes the potential benefit for the people of Timor – Leste.

She added, she is in Timor - Leste to renew the friendship and partnership with Timor - Leste after the formation of the new government. 

"Now we have singed the maritime boundary treaty it is a good opportunity for us to focus on economic development for Timor - Leste. The government of Timor - Leste will be negotiating with the joint venture partners in relation to development of Greater Sun Rise (GSR). Our interest is to ensure to find the path way to maximize potential benefit of the GSR development for the people of Timor - Leste. It is a matter of government of Timor - Leste to negotiate with the joint venture partners".  

During the campaign period the president of Alliance Change for Progress party Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão promised to the people that if the party win the election would seek to bring the pipeline to Timor-Leste but the secretary general of FRETILIN party Mari Alkatiri criticized that for ten years it was very difficult to bring clean water to people's homes and how to bring the pipeline to Timor-Leste. (Oki)     

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Witness K case is not related with Timor – Leste

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Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop   

DILI – Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop stated that the Witness K case facing legal process is a domestic matter to Australia and has nothing to do with Timor-Leste and not involve Timor - Leste. 

“The matter of witness K is domestic legal issue for Australia. Its prosecution there is on the way so I don’t intent so say anything about it but would compromised in any way but this is not a matter in relation to Timor – Leste. It’s a matter for domestic legal process in Australia. It’s not a matter that involve Timor – Leste,” Bishop said in a press conference in Dili today.  

Bishop added, the other point that where Australia see Timor – Leste in 10 years time it is a hope that in partnership with Timor – Leste we will see prospect independent Timor – Leste taking part in regional discussion, regional association, having membership of relevant groups that we enhance Timor – Leste standing in the region. We hope that they will be a vibrant and driving private sector here to thrive economic growth and job opportunities. 

We hope that the democracy will continue as it has demonstrated in the most recent election free, open and fair. That is I wish for Timor – Leste, and I hope that a share wish and Australia will do all we can as long standing partners to support Timor – Leste in their aspirations. 

Bishop also rejected Xanana Gusmao’s allegation that Australian government make collusion with oil and gas companies to bring pipeline to Darwin, Australia. 

“No, that is not true and make it quickly at the time when at least was published but not is the bill conciliation commission, that is not what Australian government seeking to do. We are determine to ensure that the development of Greater Sun Rise (GSR) a maximizes the benefit for the people of Timor – Leste”.

How matter is done is the matter to determine joint venture partners and we stand ready to support Timor – Leste in finding that path way to ensure that the development of Greater Sun Rise maximizes the potential benefit for the people of Timor – Leste.

In March the government signed a maritime border treaty with Australia, largely ending decades of diplomatic negotiations, which included accusations of spying by Australian officials, and hostility over the division of billions of dollars worth of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

Australia’s decision to formally recognise the violent invasion and occupation of Timor-Leste by Indonesia in the 1970s was largely driven by its desire to secure an advantageous maritime border.

The prime minister elect, Gusmão, had led the treaty negotiations with Australia but just days before the treaty was signed he accused Australia of collusion. He did not attend the signing.

The exact division of the oilfields remains to be decided. Timor-Leste hopes to have the gas piped back to its purpose-built processing plant on its southern coast. Australia, and reportedly the proponents, want it to go to Darwin.

However on the eve of the signing a letter emerged, written by Gusmão to the UN conciliation committee, dated 28 February, accusing Australia of colluding with oil companies.

Gusmão said Australia was not neutral, and was actively supporting a Darwin pipeline, which could potentially be perceived as collusion. An offer of $100m to Timor Leste amounted to a week’s worth of revenue and Gusmão dismissed it as a PR exercise.

Gusmão, who has led negotiations, has consistently pushed for the gas to be piped to Timor-Leste for processing rather than Darwin.

He wrote that Timor-Leste was willing to give up an extra 10% of the revenue share in return for the gas being piped to his country, which would return $25bn in economic benefits.

He suggested the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, should use the estimated $3bn extra revenue to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which Gusmao said he had noticed no change in during his decades of visiting the Northern Territory. He annexed examples of Australia’s Indigenous affairs policies and statistics to “explain the need”.

The letter also accused the commission of lacking impartiality, showing a “shockingly superficial assessment” of Timor’s needs, and attempting to put forward formal recommendations on development with flawed technical information.

He said Timor-Leste’s only choice was to sign the agreement confirming the boundary but make no agreement on how Greater Sunrise would be developed. (Oki) 

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