Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law would safeguard the ‘national interest’. Photo: EPA Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law would safeguard the ‘national interest’. Photo: EPA
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law would safeguard the ‘national interest’. Photo: EPA

Australian PM wants federal veto over states’ belt and road deals with China, citing ‘national interest’

  • The state of Victoria last year signed a deal to join President Xi Jinping’s signature infrastructure plan but the new law would allow federal government to block that agreement
  • China remains Australia’s largest trading partner but relations have deteriorated since Canberra banned Huawei from its 5G network and passed a law to crack down on foreign interference

Topic |   China-Australia relations
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law would safeguard the ‘national interest’. Photo: EPA Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law would safeguard the ‘national interest’. Photo: EPA
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new law would safeguard the ‘national interest’. Photo: EPA
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