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Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?
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Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has scrapped the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal between China and the state of Victoria, calling it "inconsistent with Australia's foreign policy". The Morrison government’s decision to scrap Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China was based on Australia’s new Foreign Relations Act, which says the foreign minister may ensure that arrangements entered by state or territory governments, and associated entities, are not negotiated, entered or continue in operation where they adversely affect Australia’s foreign relations or are inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy. The decision made late on Wednesday night threatens to inflame already fraught diplomatic tensions between Canberra and Beijing. ...