Remarks: Liberal MP Andrew Hastie says Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wants to enter into “strategic arrangements” with communist China but will defer to the federal government on foreign policy matters such as China’s systemic human rights abuse record. FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2020/05/28/2020-may-28-victoria-undermines-foreign-policy-but-wont-call-out-chinas-human-rights-abuses/
“He won’t speak up about the Uighurs, he won’t speak up about Hong Kong and the protestors”. “He’ll defer to the federal government on those questions, but when it comes to economic interests he’s happy to sign up to a strategic arrangement which undermines the national interest”.
It was revealed on Wednesday Victoria did not consult with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before signing the second stage of a memorandum of understanding with the Communist Party.
Victoria is expected to officially engage in the controversial $24.5 billion infrastructure program with China later this year, which is in direct contradiction to the federal government’s public approach to Belt and Roads. Mr Hastie told Sky News host Chris Kenny Premier Andrews is “very very isolated as a premier in his positioning on Belt and Roads”.
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Original-Source: Sky News
Original-Source-Published: 2020 MAY 28,
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