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Australia to use East Timor boundary treaty to bolster ASEAN ties

Uncertainty over US-China rivalry prompts Canberra charm offensive

SINGAPORE -- After a saga lasting nearly two decades, Australia will on March 6 sign a boundary treaty with East Timor that will allow the Southeast Asian country to earn much-needed revenue from gas fields under the Timor Sea.

The deal will likely enhance Australia's reputation in Southeast Asia as it finds itself torn between the interests of the U.S. and China. 

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