Belt and Road advisory board was stacked with people linked to CCP

The board of an Australian and Victorian government funded Belt and Road foundation was stacked with advisors with high-profile links to the Communist Party.

28/05/2020 3:32:00 PM

The board of an Australian and Victorian government funded Belt and Road foundation was stacked with advisers with high-profile links to the Chinese Communist Party.

The board of an Australian and Victorian government funded Belt and Road foundation was stacked with advisors with high-profile links to the Communist Party.

The move, which will allow for Chinese investment in Victoria and for Victorian companies to participate in Chinese government projects overseas, has angered federal cabinet ministers who hold national security concerns over the deal as China becomes increasingly assertive in its pandemic diplomacy.

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AdvertisementHome Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday accused Mr Andrews of a lack of transparency and of using his relationship with China to advance his own political agenda.Loading"I would have thought sunlight is a good thing here, but for whatever reason he decides to conduct all of this business in secret, and I just don’t think it is in the national interest," he said.

The board members listed on a now-removed website include corporate governance expert Li Wei An, who receives a special government allowance from the Chinese State Council, Liu Jian Xing, a director at China’s National Development and Reform Commission, and Shuaihua Wallace Cheng, an economist at the Shanghai Municipal Government Development Research Centre. It is common for academics and high-profile business people in China to be associated with the government.

The organisation received $36,850 to provide advice to the Victorian government in 2017-18 and 2019-20 and $20,000 from the federal government in 2016.The 33-year-old founder of the Victorian-based Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative, Jean Dong, declined a request for an interview. Ms Dong and her fellow director Peter Collins, a genetic variation specialist and science film festival organiser, also recruited Australian corporate heavyweights including BHP Director Malcolm Broomhead, former trade minister Andrew Robb and Paul Cooper, the Chairman of Norman Disney and Young to the board.

Ms Dong, then aged in her 20s, said she played key roles in establishing relations between Tasmania and China and witnessed the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement after leaving her role as a state media news anchor in China.Jean Dong, second from right, was involved in setting up the board that advised on Victoria's Belt and Road deal.

In March, Ms Dong praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for combating the coronavirus and for his economic leadership."China's experience and Chinese model have been widely recognised internationally," she told Chinese state media outlet Guangming Daily.

China has been criticised by Australia for initially resisting an independent inquiry into the coronavirus.Ms Dong urged leaders to pay attention to Mr Xi’s plan for post-coronavirus recovery."Now is the time for global coexistence of life and death, which model is feasible and which country is solving the problem, everyone can see at a glance," she was reported as saying.

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Ms Dong was commended by Department of Foreign Affairs secretary Frances Adamson at a keynote address at an Asialink Business leadership dinner in 2017. The comments came before Australia’s decision to ban Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei and introduce foreign interference laws.

"We acknowledge the efforts the business community is making, particularly the delegations that Jean Dong has organised with former trade minister Andrew Robb under the auspices of the group called Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative," Ms Adamson said in 2017.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.Credit:Alex EllinghausenThe Department of Foreign Affairs’ became increasingly concerned about China's growing influence in the Pacific after 2017, including the potential for countries in the region to be saddled with too much debt in paying for uneconomic projects.

DFAT told Victoria in the months leading up to the state signing the framework agreement it was Australia’s policy not to sign on to the BRI, according to senior government sources.Mr Dutton called on the Victorian Premier to release all correspondence with the Chinese government dealing with the BRI agreement.

"I really am concerned about what Daniel Andrews is doing," he told 2GB’s Ray Hadley on Thursday.Mr Dutton raised particular concern about the BRI program loading up countries in the region with debt, including a port in Sri Lanka which the government was forced to hand over to a Chinese firm for 99 years after it failed to be profitable.

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My grandfather, a wiseman told us when I was 12 (now 50) our country will be run by China. Never understood at that age but never forget his comment to us grandkids. Great to see journalists going outside of their 4am mockingbird narrative - no time to celebrate though as there is a lot to unwind all the lies in the media - be brave journos and become truth seekers even if it is against the Deep state boundaries

Time to drain the Victoria swamp. Well I think that is the idea right? To foster those links? These nasty sinophobic media has always been hypocritical and hysterical. What's wrong with advisors linked to China. Those are smart people who can get rich from China link, unlike dumb Aussies who just do nothing to improve their lives. Link with China is a fast lane to wealth!

.Like that's anything new. .Ffs stop doing the corrupt Trump administration's dirty work!! Trump and Pompeo are ATTACKING OUR SOVEREIGNTY! THAT should be the story! The Russian money controlled Trump administration, a global threat to Democracy, is trying to force us into this! Who sold Darwin Port? Why did it take so long? Dan Andrews needs to go up treason charges, he went into a deal with a foreign nation without clearance from the a Federal Government. All part of the Liberal Left and ALP socialist Left era of Malcolm Turnbull.

PDutts complaining about transparency 🤦‍♂️ MayneReport Andrew Robb works for China. Tony Abbott signed a free trade agreement with China. Scott Morrison has no problem with his pro China MP Gladys Liu. But this is a problem? Fuck off , you expect us to swallow this shit? MayneReport Fairfax just another part of the pro LNP propaghanda machine now.

ErykBagshaw How in the hell do this get approved without anyone noticing! The current mess has been years in the planning . Australian politics thinks months or a few years ahead ...China thinks in terms of a generation or generations. Basically Auspol focuses on instant(ish) gratification . Isn’t Andrews actions another step of governments signing deals, selling assets and trading with China?

Victoria is fucked .. voters should be pleased with themselves We are China's plaything, they have played on this 'foundations' greed, taking us over by stealth, doesn't matter which political party it is, they are all the same, greedy self serving, living for the 'now' and not our future as a free country.

Need our own McCarthy hearings. Well its time now to get our country back! Cancel those contracts and tell china to get stuffed! You'd have to have been in a coma for a decade to not have worked out Peterdutton lies and lies and lies. Why do meida give him ANY credibility? Says who? RubyDutton? Give me a break. Not going to click on that bait.

ComradeDan Labor party are helping China first, Australia last. gladysliu We've been infiltrated. Our govts are fools. What a joke These are the people the LNP have been assiduously courting for years, to whom whole strategic assets have been sold. Now the LNP is worried about links to the communist party? Shades of 1984. Enemy Friend Enemy on a whim.

Why is this happening? Because you are letting them lease our ports and airports, buy our land and water, buy our electricity infrastructure, buy our dairies and baby formula company. Take donations and allow them influence in our democracy. SO THE US DID A SHIT JOB AT CONTAINING THE CORONAVIRUS SO THEY WANT TO USE AUSTRALIA WHO HAD A BETTER CREDIBILITY AT HANDLING THE VIRUS TO BE THIER BARKING LAPDOG AT CHINA. DUTTON LOOK LIKE A US MUTT. 🐕‍🦺🐕‍🦺🐕‍🦺🐕‍🦺🐕‍🦺

Surprise! This man's face makes me sick. It should be illegal for it to be seen in public. We are an educated people. China is a Communist state. People with any endeavour involving China have 'links to CCP'. Same as anybody with any endeavour involving Australia have 'links to Rupert Murdoch'! Andrew Robb is a left-leaning communist sympathiser? Yes, that is surprising news.

Everyone act surprised. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday accused Mr Andrews of a lack of transparency and of using his relationship with China to advance his own political agenda 🤣🤣🤣 auspol Got to challenge it in the high court auspol vicpol Melbourne Victoria Chinese spies Drain the swamp.

It has never been so evident that the world,cant trust a genocidal regime thatlies,steals,Threatens,coerces, bullies,infiltrates,..Its time for governments to stop pretending to be naive about this for $$Security and Sovereignty cant be regained once gifted away! DanielAndrewsMP Why is Jean Dong refusing interviews on this matter?

Premier Daniel Andrews you are one of those useful idiot to the CCP. The world must push back to the Chinese Communist regime, unit together and say NO CCP. Belt and Road is a debt trap, please watch: Imagine my shock. Shameful ChinaDan .. he probably forgot who said Australians are chewing gum, who started the Virus. Who bully HongKong by breaking 1 country 2 systems.Who put millions of people in concentration camps. Aussies should stand with Humanrights VOTE THEM OUT! ScottMorrisonMP

No surprise. They own us. Of course. Just listen to Ms Wong from the ALP change her wording about this matter from the 15th of this month to the 23rd. Something is going on, and badly.

Andrews flags further announcements on next phase of Belt and RoadThe Victorian government looks set to pursue the next phase of its controversial Belt and Road deal with the Chinese government, despite COVID-19 delays. The conservaBOT outrage is real Treason ComradeDan He's taking orders from supreme leader Xi

'Sinister intentions': China ups stakes in Belt and Road stoush with Dutton attackThe Chinese government has lashed out at Australian critics of its Belt and Road deal with Victoria, launching a fresh attack on a senior Morrison government minister auspol springst The only people in Australia that believe this is a good deal is Andrews and Pallas. We’re in major trouble down here. ScottMorrisonMP you need to save us and Australia before the tarnish no longer rubs off. Chairman Dan is dangerous to all Australia people with the belt and road project he needs to resign from his job ScottMorrisonMP Time to cancel Victoria's BeltAndRoad initiative. Just Do It

'Sinister intentions': China ups stakes in Belt and Road stoush with Dutton attackThe Chinese government has lashed out at Australian critics of its Belt and Road infrastructure deal with the state of Victoria with a fresh attack on a senior Morrison government minister. billbirtles If China introduces its draconian regulations over Hong Kong what respect would they show Victoria to achieve its own ends. billbirtles 'Sinister intentions' and 'Belt and Road' in the same sentence looks about right to me. Instead of criticising Dutton, China should maybe ask advice from this sage of social order on how Hong Kong could deal with protestors, eg cutting welfare payments and imposing mandatory jail sentences for protestors who disrupt traffic.

Commonwealth 'should desperately' seek to 'interfere' with Vic's Belt and Road deal | Sky News AustraliaSky News contributor Cory Bernardi says the Commonwealth should be 'desperately' looking for the jurisdiction under the Constitution to 'interfere' with Victoria's Belt and Road deal with the Communist Party of China. \n\n'In fact the people of Victoria should be absolutely concerned about Daniel Andrews,' Mr Bernardi told Sky News host Peta Credlin.\n\nIt was revealed on Wednesday Victoria did not consult with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before signing the second stage of a memorandum of understanding with the Communist Party.\n\nVictoria is expected to officially engage in the controversial $24.5 billion infrastructure program with China later this year, which is in direct contradiction to the federal government's public approach to Belt and Roads.\n\n'There has to be a means in which we can prevail ' and declare the move by Victoria's government as 'against the national interest,' he said. \n\nImage: AP DanielAndrewsMP needs a divorce from them CCP,which has proven to be a genocidal regime,with a mantra akin to nazism, that bullies, coerces,... Greater engagement with them simply boosts their military for use against us ScottMorrisonMP Interfere with something like this maybe you dill Lest we forget....

Andrews flags further announcements on next phase of Belt and RoadThe Victorian government looks set to pursue the next phase of its controversial Belt and Road deal with the Chinese government, despite COVID-19 delays. The conservaBOT outrage is real Treason ComradeDan He's taking orders from supreme leader Xi

'Sinister intentions': China ups stakes in Belt and Road stoush with Dutton attackThe Chinese government has lashed out at Australian critics of its Belt and Road infrastructure deal with the state of Victoria with a fresh attack on a senior Morrison government minister. billbirtles If China introduces its draconian regulations over Hong Kong what respect would they show Victoria to achieve its own ends. billbirtles 'Sinister intentions' and 'Belt and Road' in the same sentence looks about right to me. Instead of criticising Dutton, China should maybe ask advice from this sage of social order on how Hong Kong could deal with protestors, eg cutting welfare payments and imposing mandatory jail sentences for protestors who disrupt traffic.