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.” Victoria`s agreement with China doesn`t make much sense in the current political and economic climate, opponents say. Image: Getty ImagesQuelle: Getty Images Victoria renewed the agreement last October and was due to sign a third contract this year that was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, although Mr. Andrews has previously hinted that he intends to continue, if possible. “How, cases of massive international intrigues like partner city arrangements. Who is Dandenong the twin city with? With Qui Monash, where I live, is the partner city,” said Andrews. However, a framework of the agreement shows that China wanted to establish partnerships with Victoria in the areas of biotechnology, agriculture, food, cosmetics and other sectors, Victoria Treasurer Tim Pallas said this month at a parliamentary inquiry that the state would “absolutely not” reconsider its belt and road agreements, accusing the federal government of “trapping” China because of its push for an international investigation into the Covid 19 pandemic. Instead, Victoria should invest more in expanding trade and investment agreements with countries such as India, Japan and Vietnam, Professor Fitzgerald said. Mr. Pakula did not disclose what was discussed in concrete terms, but said there had been a response to the discussions. Pakula defended the controversial Victoria Belt and Road deal with Beijing, but acknowledged it does not “immunize” Victorian exports with high tariffs.
The Commonwealth does not appear to want to deal with the BIS itself, despite the potential to inject billions of dollars into the country`s northern regions, said Professor Peter Lloyd of the University of Melbourne. Last year, Chinese media reported that 170 Memorandums of Understanding had been signed with 125 countries. Prime Minister Daniel Andrews signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing to make his state a member of the Communist Party`s $1.5 trillion Belt and Road Initiative, the only government in the country to do so. The Belt and Road agreement was strongly criticized by Mr Andrews` critics and fuelled conspiracy theories when his government was brought to light during the second wave of coronavirus. RELATED: Chinese businesswoman Jean Dong was a key player in Victoria`s controversial trade deal with the CCP www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/25/chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-what-is-it-and-why-is-victoria-under-fire-for-its-involvement Prime Minister Daniel Andrews followed Prime Minister Scott Morrison, strongly denouncing a propaganda image shared by the Chinese government on social media, but said it would have no impact on the Victoria Belt and Road agreements with Beijing.