Original article by Ben Packham, Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 22-Apr-21
Australia’s strained relations with China may worsen after the federal government used the Foreign Relations Act to cancel Victoria’s agreement to participate in the controversial Belt and Road Initiative. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has used the new powers to veto the state government’s 2018 memorandum of understanding with regard to the BRI, as well as a subsequent framework agreement. Payne has also deemed that the Victorian government’s scientific co-operation agreement with Syria and an education and training deal with Iran are not in the national interest.
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE