Chairman Dan and China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a foreign policy and economic strategy by the Chinese Communist Party, aimed at increasing Chinese influence and control over key infrastructure globally.

The deal has been described as promoting China’s “debt-trap diplomacy”, a tactic where wealthy nations use major investment to lure other nations into debt. Thereby, leaving them vulnerable to diplomatic and economic leverage.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews became the only Australian Premier to sign onto the BRI on October 8th 2018.

The Victorian Government, under Premier Andrews, signed onto the deal without consulting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in contravention of national security advice. The decision to sign the agreement has been described as “flagrantly reckless” by the Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Peter Jennings, and has received criticism from experts globally.

Premier Andrews has also jeopardised Australia’s international relationships by signing on to China’s debt-trap deal, with the United States suggesting they may need to “disconnect” from Australia due to security concerns.

Despite this criticism and international security warnings, Premier Andrews has pushed ahead with the deal, which endangers the future of Victoria and the security of Victorians.

The Federal Government stepped in to curtail this plan, but with a weak State Opposition, Premier Andrews and his government have led a campaign to undermine and future of Victorians, and systematically destroyed the fabric of our state.

The response to the COVID-19 crisis has been a disaster: hundreds are dead and thousands are facing economic devastation. This is unacceptable.

But who is willing to stand up like Donald Trump did in the USA? Victoria is worth fighting for, and Victorians must be advocated for. The Opposition parties, the Liberals and the Nationals, have been completely ineffective.

Premier Andrews’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic is, quite simply, a failure. The Premier’s minders from Beijing must be pursing their hands with joy.

The Premier has failed to effectively manage hotel quarantine, failed to be accountable, and failed to protect the Victorian people. This is not accidental. This is not incompetence. This is part of a deliberate push to subvert our State.