Australia Passes Law That Can Scrap China Belt and Road Accords

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Key Minister Scott Morrison has new powers to veto or scrap agreements that state governments arrive at with foreign powers below legal guidelines that could stymie China’s Belt and Street Initiative in Australia and even more inflame tensions between the investing associates.

The legal guidelines handed by Parliament on Tuesday will give the overseas minister the potential to end new and earlier signed agreements among abroad governments and Australia’s 8 states and territories, and with bodies this kind of as community authorities and universities.