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The briefing also states that the Australian government has signed its own agreement with China on the BIS, „which was created to encourage China`s engagement in the Australian economy.“ The Morrison government is facing a dilemma as to how quickly it is going to pull out Victoria`s belt and road agreements with China, after the federal Parliament finally passed new laws that would allow Canberra to veto agreements with foreign governments. Former Western Australian Liberal Prime Minister Colin Barnett said the proposed power was „one of the most retrograde steps since the Federation“ and said he hoped the law had failed or been withdrawn, ABC reported. He also expressed concern about its impact on already strained relations with China. The Victorian opposition said the Belt and Road agreement was „unnecessary“ if it could not be used to resolve trade tensions. „In an increasingly globalized world, states and territories and their entities are more likely to engage at a high level with foreign governments and their units, with significant implications for Australia`s external relations,“ she said. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald may reveal that Australia`s highest foreign affairs have been blinded by Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews` announcement of the signing of the „framework agreement“ linking the state to China`s Belt and Road Initiative on October 23. The Prime Minister also criticised the scope of future laws, which would allow them to review agreements such as partner city relations. It was followed by a framework that set up a working group to obtain a roadmap on partnership opportunities between China and Victoria by mid-2020. No roadmap has been published to date. „In four years, we have more than tripled Victoria`s share of Chinese investment in Australia and almost doubled our exports to China. We have said that we are restarting our relationship with China and that we are going to finish it. Asked whether Victoria should play a greater role in Australia-China relations under the agreement, Pearson said the federal government had „clearly indicated that it wants to play a dominant role in these issues from a foreign policy perspective.“ Prime Minister Daniel Andrews followed Prime Minister Scott Morrison by vigorously denouncing a propaganda image shared by the Chinese government on social media, but said it would not have an impact on the Victoria Belt and Road agreements with Beijing. When the law was announced in August, at least 137 agreements were reached, 48 of which were with the Chinese government.

While the Victoria agreement has attracted the lion`s share of attention, university agreements to house Confucius institutes on campus and twin city agreements signed by local councils are also a goal. The repeal of the Victoria`s Belt and Road Initiative with China is an early test for the new Commonwealth powers to veto government agreements with foreign governments. Alex Ellinghausen „When it comes to China, we have close cooperation with the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the FDFA,“ the spokeswoman said. „My concern has always been to create jobs.