Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (file photo)
The Cabinet of Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison has canceled two agreements of the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative of China, keeping national security in mind.
Payne said in a statement that I think these arrangements are not in sync with Australia’s foreign policy or are contrary to our foreign relations. China had already warned against disrupting successful practical cooperation with Victoria if tensions with Australia escalated. Since then, Australia has also taken this step to teach China a lesson. Australia passed a national security law in 2018 that prohibits covert foreign interference in domestic policies. Beijing has termed these laws as prejudicial to China and poisonous in Sino-Australian relations. It is believed that with this new decision, tensions between Australia and China may increase further.
A few days ago, Australia’s Ambassador to China, Graham Fletcher, described it as an avenger and a non-trusted business partner. These days, due to tensions in both countries, there has been a huge decline in the goods exported from Australia to China. In fact, diplomatic confrontation between the two countries has increased since Australia’s demand for an independent investigation into the corona virus global epidemic a year ago.
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