Victoria State under scrutiny for secretly joining the Belt and Road Initiative

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Victoria State government of Australia and its premier Daniel Andrews are under questioning for signing a secret deal with the Communist government of China to join the Belt and Road Initiative.

Victorian Shadow Attorney-General Edward O’Donohue said the public has a right to know about the security details surrounding China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Victoria has confirmed it will push ahead with its plan to sign up to China’s US$1.4 trillion infrastructure program.

The Belt and Road Initiative is designed to link China with Asia, Europe and Africa via a massive infrastructure investment that will see the widespread construction of railways, motorways and ports.

China claims the deal will be mutually beneficial, but the federal government has criticised Victoria for signing up for the deal citing possible security implications.

Mr O’Donohue said despite frequent requests, the Andrews government has not released its national security advice about the deal.

He told Sky News it would be wiser for the Victorian government should be looking to diversify its trading markets rather than “putting all its eggs in the basket of Communist China.”

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to answer security questions over China investment deal, Sky News says.

Some critics comments, “absolute disgrace, Andrews Communist Party just like China, full of secrecy. How can governments be allowed to get away with it.”

“If the belt and road causes security issues for the nation as a whole it’s not just a Victorian issue.”

Source: Sky News

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