CHINA CRITICIZES AUSTRALIA FOR CANCELLING TWO ‘BELT AND ROAD’ PROJECTS

Highlights –

  • China criticizes Australia for cancelling two ‘Belt and Road’ projects.
  • Australia will cancel four agreements between its state of Victoria and foreign governments.
  • The four deals are the first to be canceled under Australia’s Foreign Arrangements Scheme.
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman urges Canberra to discard the “Cold War prejudice”.

Australia recently on Wednesday mentioned that it will cancel four agreements between its state of Victoria and foreign governments on the Asian power’s cross-border infrastructure “Belt and Road” project. Among the list of countries with whom the agreement will be cancelled include China. The move from Australia comes as bilateral ties have deteriorated over several issues with the latter such as the origins of the novel coronavirus and tariffs.

With the update on recent events, China on Thursday criticized Australia’s such decision on abandonment of its two deals and said that it has lodged a protest against the Oceanian country.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, Australia had decided to work with China under the framework of the Belt and Road initiative to enhance the well-being of the people, however the federal government is said to have had “wantonly disrupted” the cooperation.

Reports suggest that the four deals are the first to be canceled under Australia’s Foreign Arrangements Scheme. The deal was put in place in December 2020 and requires state and territory entities to notify the federal government of any arrangements or agreements with other nations.

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