Federal and state politicians across Australia welcome the federal government’s termination of the Belt and Road Initiative in Victoria, calling it a step in the right direction.
Tasmania’s Commonwealth Liberal Senator Eric Abets welcomed the decision in the Epoch Times that he had returned Australia sovereignty over its ability to regulate national interests.
“As we saw in the Belt and Road Initiative in every other country in the world, it was never in the interests of that country, only in the interests of China’s dictatorship,” Abets said. Told. “And that’s why it was right and appropriate to end the previous agreement with the Victorian Labor government.”
If the Chinese embassy in Canberra criticizes the federal government’s move as “irrational and provocative,” and if the decision is not overturned, Beijing will “take decisive and powerful action” against Australia, federal and state. Comments were received from the politicians of.
In response, Australia’s Defense Minister Peter Dutton said Australia supported its value.
“We support who we are. We have very important diplomatic relations with many countries, including China, but we are not compromised by the principles of the Chinese Communist Party. “He told Nine News on April 23.
Senator Abets also said the Chinese government’s terminology was always “warlike and dogmatic,” and Australia was accustomed to it.
“What the Chinese embassy has to do is not just call the name, but deal with the problem,” Abets said.
Mr Abets said Beijing should really explain why the Belt and Road Initiative does not lead partner countries into debt, but is not within the interests of partner countries.
Some developing countries that have signed up for BRI have fallen into a “debt trap” because they were unable to provide financing from the infrastructure projects granted to the CCP. In some cases, countries are forced to take over control of key assets and infrastructure to Beijing.
Victorian politicians also welcomed the news, and Liberal state legislator Bernie Finn told the Epoch Times that it was the best news the Victorian people had received for a long time.
“The Morrison government’s decision to cancel Daniel Andrews’ Belt and Road deal with China is the best news the Victorians have had in the last few years,” Finn said. It has always been designed to benefit communist China. Not only was it a bad deal for Victoria, but it also jeopardized Australia’s sovereignty. “
Finn also responded to the Chinese ambassador’s comment, stating that the administration consisted of “thugs, murderers, and bullies.”
“I think it could threaten Australia with threats. No, we can’t be bullied by a barbaric regime,” Finn said.
He said that one of the good things that the Andrews government gets from signing the BRI is that Australia as a whole goes through Australia without beating the government, which continues to prove that Australia is not a friend of the government. It was that we reached the recognition that we could do it. Country.
Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers David Leanbrick and Tim Quilty of Victoria told the Epoch Times last year that they showed that the BRI agreement did not actually benefit Victoria.
“We support an agreement that strengthens free trade between countries, but if you look closely at this agreement, there was nothing substantive anyway. It was largely symbolic,” Limbrick said. Told. “This is already clear, as the agreement never protected Victorian people from trade bans or helped us access their markets.”
Quilty said many primary producers in the state had a first-hand look at what the agreement with China’s ban on commodities such as lamb, timber and wine imports really was.
“Primary producers have seen for themselves that this agreement is not worth the printed paper,” Quilty said. “In the meantime, they are working to find new markets that will make future businesses more resilient.
He states that China is hurting itself only by banning the highest quality primary products from Australia at the highest prices, and primary producers in northern Victoria prove they are resilient. And said they themselves found other markets and homes for their products.
“The only thing the Chinese government has achieved is to undermine their credibility in international trade and undermine their reputation as a credible export destination.”
The Government of Andrews said in a statement to Seven News that it would “continue to work hard to provide jobs, trade and economic opportunities to our state,” but commented further on federal action. I didn’t.
Other arrangements scrutinized by Foreign Minister Marise Payne include the Confucius Institute at an Australian university, academic partnerships with Chinese institutions, sister city agreements with Chinese authorities, and the lease of Darwin Harbor.
The federal government is considering more than 1,000 foreign arrangements, including states, territories, municipalities, and Australian public universities.