China opposes Australia's cancelling of Belt and Road deals with China

2021-04-22 08:55:48CGTN Editor : Jing Yuxin ECNS App Download

China has expressed strong displeasure and resolute opposition to Australia's cancelling of two cooperation deals between its state of Victoria and China under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The country's position was expressed in a statement by a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Australia on Wednesday.

"The BRI is an initiative for economic cooperation, which follows the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and upholds the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and transparency," the statement said. 

Australia's move is another unreasonable and provocative action taken by the Australian side against China, the statement added. It is bound to bring further damage to bilateral relations, and will only end up hurting itself.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced on Wednesday night that the BRI deal that Victoria state signed with China has been cancelled under the Commonwealth's new foreign veto laws.

The move is the first use of the new power which allows the commonwealth to unilaterally veto deals it views as contrary to the national interest.

The Australian government has also rejected a 2004 deal with Iran and a scientific deal with Syria.

Canberra says it found the agreements "inconsistent" with Australia's foreign policy.

The BRI is a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure scheme launched in 2013 by China. It involves development and investment projects with countries along the ancient Silk Road trade routes that stretches from Asia to Europe, Africa and beyond.


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