Canberra Broke Belt And Road Victoria Agreements
Foreign Minister Ms. Marise Payne informed about the canceling of four bilateral deals with Communist China, Iran, and Syria under new security laws.
Canberra on Wednesday canceled four bilateral deals with China, Iran and Syria under new laws that give the federal government power to overrule international agreements by lower-level administrations that violate the national interest.
The canceled deals include Victoria state’s two “Belt and Road” infrastructure building initiative deals with Beijing signed in 2018 and 2019, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.
Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Victoria and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China on Cooperation within the Framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative, signed 8 October 2018 was cancelled.
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Framework Agreement between the Government of Victoria and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China on Jointly Promoting the Framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, signed on 23 October 2019 was also cancelled.
Earlier, numerous specialists criticised these agreements as undefined and opened only to one side, Communist China. Beijing's regime had too much power over the region unchecked by the Australian government.
Those deals triggered the legislative response.
Victoria Education Department pacts signed with Syria in 1999 and Iran in 2004 were also canceled.
I consider these four arrangements to be inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy or adverse to our foreign relations, Payne said in a statement.
China had previously cautioned against disrupting “successful pragmatic cooperation” with Victoria.
Belt and Road is a key foreign policy project of the Comrade Xi Jinping government. It involves the creation of three land and two sea corridors, which will ultimately pass through the entire Eastern Hemisphere.
There is a fear that Communist China is going to use the project for the economic and then political enslavement of some of the participating countries.
Canberra statement made clear that the cancellation of Victoria agreements is only the beginning of long process of decoupling Australia from Communist China.
I will continue to consider foreign arrangements notified under the Scheme, Ms Payne said in the statement.
Many specialists encouraged Canberra to revise the questionable agreements over the mines in Queensland. US specialists advise to either repurchase these businesses by Australia-controlled consortia or to restructure significantly. Another point of concern is a deal over Darwin port that needs to be ended, the security specialists stated.
Australia in 2018 passed sweeping national security laws that ban covert foreign interference in domestic politics. Beijing protested that the laws were prejudiced against China and poisoned Chinese-Australian relations.
The majority of Western countries are revising its relationship with Beijing's Communist regime
Australia's withdrawal from the deal with Communist China is taking place against the backdrop of a general rethinking of relations between the West and the PRC. This vector received an additional impetus thanks to US President Joe Biden, who announced that this century will be the century of the struggle of democracies against autocracies, to which he attributed, first of all, China and Russia.
At the same time, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, quoted by Reuters on April 21, said that the EU needs to interact with Communist China, despite the large number of differences. He stressed that the EU views Beijing as "a partner, competitor and systemic rival at the same time." “In all of these three dimensions, we need strong, stable channels of communication with Beijing regime. Disconnection is the wrong way,” he said as he prepared to meet his Communist China's counterpart.