Australia tore up a set of agreements Wednesday linked to the contentious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with Beijing. The move is sure to provoke fury in China which has previously warned Canberra it will become the “poor white trash of Asia” unless it stops pushing back against the ruling Communist Party.
Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne issued a statement to announce the two controversial BRI deals were among four cancelled under Australia’s new Foreign Arrangements Scheme.
Alongside other announcements, Australia has cancelled the Framework Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Victoria and the People's Republic of China on the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative.
— George Brandis (@AusHCUK) April 21, 2021