Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

Reuters: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed new legislation that would give the Australian federal government the authority to regulate all agreements the state and territory governments make with foreign governments. If the proposal passes, a controversial Belt and Road trade agreement with the Australian state of Victoria and the Chinese government will almost certainly be scrapped. What's the ministry's comment on this?

Zhao Lijian: I have noted relevant reports. I must point out that the Belt and Road Initiative offers a platform for economic cooperation, follows the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and upholds the values of openness, inclusiveness and transparency. It has delivered tangible benefits to peoples along the route. The successful practices between China and the Victoria State on BRI cooperation have greatly improved the well-being of the two peoples. We hope that the Australian side will view China-Australia cooperation and BRI in an objective and rational way, place no man-made hurdles for normal exchanges and cooperation and work for, not against, mutual trust and mutual benefit between the two sides.


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