nothing. This is not a legally binding agreement, but so far the Victorian government has not turned away from it. Sources said That Victoria`s Memorandum of Understanding with China had not caused immediate damage, so the federal government could not rush out the agreement. Asked whether Victoria should play a greater role in Australia-China relations under the agreement, Pearson said the federal government had “clearly indicated that it wants to play a dominant role in these issues from a foreign policy perspective.” In addition to Victoria said it was not and would not be an agreement with China on a telecommunications project, federal law in 2018, which prohibits the federal government`s veto power over telecommunications infrastructure partners effectively prohibits Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE from working on 5G and other similar projects in the future. Victoria`s treasurer, Tim Pallas, said this month at a parliamentary inquiry that the state would “absolutely not” reconsider its belt and road agreements, accusing the federal government of “denigrating” China because of its push for an international investigation into the Covid 19 pandemic. George Williams, assistant vice-chancellor of the University of New South Wales, said there was no constitutional issue to block local authorities and universities, but that there could be “problems” for legislation that would prevent governments from reaching agreements. But when asked whether he was in the rhetoric about his Twitter post and China`s aggressive escalation, the Prime Minister had a one-word answer: “No.” Prime Minister Daniel Andrews followed Prime Minister Scott Morrison by vigorously denouncing a propaganda image shared by the Chinese government on social media, but said it would not have an impact on the Victoria Belt and Road agreements with Beijing. “I would suggest that [the agreement] include some pretty important comments about unfettered trade that would clearly not be respected,” Pakula said. The federal government has not signed a similar agreement, but said BIS projects will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, instead of signing a cross-cutting moU or approving a roadmap like Victoria. “I`m sure the Commonwealth wouldn`t consider tearing up [the agreement] because tariffs are being imposed, apparently at odds with that,” Pakula said. Victoria`s Liberal opposition questioned why the deal failed to protect Victorian farmers from the 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley that the Chinese government put on Australian barley this month.
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