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Poisoned mutual trust: China blasts Australia's
decision to cancel BRI
China has lodged stern representations with Australia over the issue and reserved the right to take more
China has slammed Australia’s decision to cancel agreements
between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Victoria state
government, signaling a worsening of ties between the nations.
federal government scrapped both
memorandum of understanding and framework agreement signed
between Victoria and China’s National Development and Reform
Commission, Beijing’s top economic planning body, Foreign
Minister Marise Payne said in an emailed statement Wednesday.
She described the deals as “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign
policy or adverse to our foreign relations.”
The step “is another unreasonable and provocative move taken by
the Australian side against China,” the Chinese embassy in
Canberra said in an emailed statement. “It further shows that the
Australian government has no sincerity in improving China-
Australia relations -- it is bound to bring further damage to bilateral
relations, and will only end up hurting itself.” Australia “basically
fired the first major shot against China in trade and investment”
conflicts, Chen Hong, director of the Australian Studies Center at
East China Normal University in Shanghai, told the Communist
Party-backed Global Times.