April 23 2021 Australia recently tore up the “Belt and Road” cooperation agreement signed between the Victorian government and China. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd later tweeted a satire on the current government, saying the Morrison government’s trade minister had welcomed Victoria’s “Belt and Road” memorandum of understanding with China in 2018 and was now back on track.
“This is the consistency of Morrison’s china policy,” Rudd sarcastically said in a tweet Tuesday. The Morrison government’s trade minister cheered when Victoria (previously) signed a memorandum of understanding on ‘Belt and Road’ co-operation with China.
Rudd noted on social media that the Morrison government’s trade minister, Birmingham, had said on November 4, 2018 that “the Australian government welcomes China’s increased investment in our region through the Belt and Road Initiative.” We welcome victoria’s initiative and initiative. ”
Mr Rudd’s tweet also resonated with many Australian netizens. “Morrison says one set is not trustworthy, ” says David Black, a netizen. Darryl Kearns argues that tearing up the deal is exactly what Mr Morrison outlined for the next election, a sign of excessive “nationalism” aimed at “winning the votes needed to govern by targeting China”.
In addition, Australian Foreign Minister Peter Payne, who announced the cancellation of the Belt and Road Agreement with China on the grounds that it was “not in line with foreign policy”, has also attracted criticism online.
Australian journalist Michael Pascoe tweeted, “Payne’s damage to Australia’s interests is greater than any other foreign minister I can think of.” Andrew Cole, a netizen, said: “The Australian federal government can tear up any state agreement without regret.” However, which state dares to go against the federal government will be ignored. We live in such a ‘democratic country’. ”
Responding to the Australian government’s recent announcement that it had vetoed the “Belt and Road” cooperation agreement signed between the Victorian government and China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on the 22nd that China expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to it and had made serious representations to the Australian side.
“We urge Australia to abandon cold war thinking and ideological bias, look at China-Australia cooperation objectively and rationally, correct mistakes immediately, change course, and not go further on the wrong path, making Sino-Australian relations, which are already facing serious difficulties, worse.” Wang Wenbin said.