Dan Andrews again breaks ranks with federal government on China

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Dan Andrews breaks ranks with federal government over China AGAIN months after Scott Morrison severed agreement with Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure plan

  • Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews sent huge team to major trade fair in China
  • This move comes after the federal government quashed the state’s Belt and Road agreement
  • 100 companies were sent to exhibit at China International Import Expo










Dan Andrews paid dozens of Victorian companies to attend a major trade show in China that the federal government boycotted.

Victorian Prime Minister broke ranks with Scott Morrison’s Beijing policy for the second time after signing the Beijing Belt and Road infrastructure plan

Foreign Minister Marise Payne canceled the deal earlier this year under new veto powers, saying it was not in Australia’s national interest to sign a $ 1.5 trillion contract with China.

The federal government is also not present at the China International Import Expo, which opened on Friday, as it encourages companies to find new markets.

However, the Victorian government covered the costs of dozens of companies to exhibit at the show, going against federal wishes.

“Our presence at the Expo helps connect Victorian businesses to key markets to secure new contracts and create jobs,” said a Victorian government spokesperson.

Dan Andrews Sent Huge Team To Major Trade Show In China After Signing Beijing Belt And Road International Infrastructure Plan

Earlier this year, the Morrison government canceled Victoria's deal with China, saying it was not in Australia's national interest to sign a $ 1.5 trillion contract with rivals of the Pacific.

Earlier this year, the Morrison government canceled Victoria’s deal with China, saying it was not in Australia’s national interest to sign a $ 1.5 trillion contract with rivals of the Pacific.

The Victorian government has its own booth, which bears the hallmarks of its official logos, as part of a major commercial push in China.

Mr Andrews also commissioned a building in Shanghai called Vic House, which opened a few weeks ago, to facilitate closer business ties.

Federal Trade Minister Dan Tehan said at a briefing with China-focused companies that the federal government wanted a “national” approach in dealing with China.

“Team Australia – the Australian government (and) Australian businesses working together – has never been more important,” he told the companies.

According to The Australian, 100 Australian companies hold exhibitions at the China International Import Expo, up from 180 in 2020.

The Morrison government is encouraging companies to branch out from China that have earned political rivals $ 20 billion in the past.

The day before the Import Expo, Tehan told a Taiwan-focused company that companies need to expand into markets that don’t depend on China.

“We welcome companies that are considering alternative markets and a diverse consumer base to protect against changing demand over an extended period,” he said.

There are 100 Australian companies holding exhibitions at the China International Import Expo, up from 180 in 2020

There are 100 Australian companies holding exhibitions at the China International Import Expo, up from 180 in 2020

The Morrison government canceled the Victoria Belt and Road Agreement with the Chinese government in April, saying it was not in Australia's best interests

The Morrison government canceled Victoria’s Belt and Road deal with the Chinese government in April, saying it was not in Australia’s interest

In April, Ms Payne canceled the Victoria Belt and Road deal with China, also canning a science cooperation agreement between Dan Andrews state and Syria, and an education agreement with Iran.

“I consider these four agreements to be incompatible with Australia’s foreign policy or contrary to our foreign relations,” she said.

Victoria signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s regional infrastructure initiative in 2018, then signed a “framework agreement” with Beijing in 2019.

Areas of cooperation included increasing Chinese business participation in the Victoria infrastructure program and promoting Victorian business cooperation in China.

It has also enabled Victoria’s engineering and design firms to bid on contracts for Belt and Road projects around the world.

Mr Andrews said in December that canceling the deal would be a mistake and put already strained economic ties with China at risk.

He said the deal promised to create jobs and investment in Victoria and argued that this should be a priority amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) announced the cancellation on Wednesday evening

Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) announced the cancellation on Wednesday evening



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