- Australia gets rid of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, cancels two agreements
- Citing new security legislation, Australia says the deal is against foreign policy
- Tensions with China could escalate, with both countries’ armies patrolling the Pacific Ocean
Australia has now taught China a hard lesson by trapping it in countries around the world. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet has rescinded two agreements on China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with national security in mind. Of the two contracts that have been canceled, Chinese companies will build two buildings in the Australian state of Victoria.
The agreement was signed between Australia and China in 2018-19
The agreement was signed with China in 2018 and 2019, Australian Foreign Minister Mary Payne said in a statement. We have decided to cancel this ambitious project of China under the new National Security Act. He said the new law empowers the federal government to ignore international agreements made at the lower administrative level that violate national interests.
The foreign minister said the agreement was not right for the country
“I do not think these arrangements are consistent with Australia’s foreign policy or are contrary to our foreign relations,” Payne said in a statement. China has signaled it will sever successful behavioral cooperation with Victoria if tensions with Australia escalate. Australia has since taken this step to teach China a lesson.
Australia responded under the new law
Australia passed the National Security Act in 2018, which prohibits clandestine foreign interference in domestic policies. Beijing has described the legislation as toxic to Sino-Australian relations. It is believed that the new decision could increase tensions between Australia and China.
China is waging a trade war with Australia
A few days ago, Graham Fletcher, Australia’s ambassador to China, described him as a vindictive and unreliable trading partner. Nowadays, tensions between the two countries have led to a sharp decline in exports from Australia to China. Political tensions between the two countries have escalated since Australia demanded an independent investigation into the global outbreak of the corona virus a year ago.
Australia-China are facing Hong Kong
Australia has also canceled an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, citing fears over China’s national security law. Australia and Hong Kong will then not be able to hand over control of anyone from their jurisdiction. In addition, Australia has offered Hong Kong residents to settle here and extend their visa. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that people doing business in Hong Kong can come if they want to come to Australia.