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Victoria “played for mugs” by Chinese Communist Party: Andrews’ secret deal with major trade partner

Victoria has been “played” by China and has signed off on a deal it is “not qualified” to make according to one of Australia’s leading political journalists.

Premier Daniel Andrews issued a press release last month stating he’d ‘finalised’ a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between China and Victoria on the Belt and Road Initiative.

Australia’s former Head of Defence Dennis Richardson said Victoria should not enter into a deal out of “strategic concern” regarding national security.

Nine’s Political Editor, Chris Uhlmann told Neil Mitchell it’s a strategic play by China, not by Victoria.

“Victoria’s been played for mugs by the Chinese Communist Party,” Chris said.

“It’s trying to split up our national politics and Victoria has played directly into its hands.

“A trillion dollars worth of infrastructure which will link the Eurasian continent by land and by sea is a way also of pushing the US out of the western Pacific, the US is not going to go easily.

“We’re now caught in a great game between our major trading partner and our major ally and I don’t think the Victorian government is qualified to play in that space.”

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“If Daniel Andrews has nothing to hide then let’s see it! Latvia has an agreement with China, it’s public, New Zealand has an agreement with China, it’s public,” Chris said.

“I reckon we need to be concerned about this,” Neil said.

“He has done a deal with China which is secret and is unsettling.

“This is above the state election politics.”