Belt and Road smashed
While the Australian Government has done the right thing and axed the Chinese Belt and Road, including dangerous arrangements made by Victorian premier Daniel Andrews, another problem looms with New Zealand’s increasingly far left government exiting from its alliance with Australia, America, Canada and the UK to pursue a closer relationship with China.
Australian Government ministers have cancelled four arrangements between Victoria and foreign powers — Daniel Andrews’ two Belt and Road documents, plus agreements with Syria struck by the Kennett government and Iran under the Bracks government.
The Chinese Belt and Road deal is in the official position from Canberra found “to be inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy or adverse to our foreign relations”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs “will continue to consider foreign arrangements notified under the scheme” and they “expect the overwhelming majority of them to remain unaffected.”
The Chinese communist state said that it was aggrieved with Australia’s push to “torpedo” its agreement with Victoria.
Australia’s relationship with China continues to plummet while the Prime Minister argued it was a “very important principle” for the commonwealth to set foreign policy and for “consistency when national governments deal with other national governments”.
Left wing premier Daniel Andrews retaliated against the Prime Minister claiming that cancelling Victoria’s secret deal with China would make a “very challenging set of circumstances for farmers, for workers, for businesses, for every Victorian much, much harder”.
Commentators have responded that Mr Andrews was effectively opening the door to China’s interference in Australia, and there has been widespread praise in response to the Government’s cutting Daniel Andrews’ China deal.
A Victorian government spokeswoman conceded that foreign relations laws were “entirely a matter for the commonwealth government”.
Australia now faces the bigger problem of New Zealand’s arrangement with China.
Geopolitical watchers have pointed out that New Zealand’s actions provide a casus belli for the US and Australia to intervene within that nation’s political landscape.
“We ideally would want to see a native anti-Chinese and pro-Australian sentiment in New Zealand,” an analyst said. “There are opposition political operators and supporters which would back them, including conservative, religious, patriotic, business and interest groups.
“Australia and New Zealand have always had a good relationship. There may be reason to think that higher levels of help could come from US allies and Australia to essentially restore New Zealand, or even to bring it to a new closer arrangement with Australia, including a new economic or political reality.”
These issues are set to come to mind broadly in Australia in the context of Anzac Day as well.