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Correcting the Record

Response to The Australian Article of 29 May, ‘Andrews given nod by DFAT on China’

Correcting the record

The article “Andrews given nod by DFAT on China" published in The Australian on 29 May is misleading.

The article incorrectly implies DFAT provided approval for the Victorian Government to sign a memorandum of understanding on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

At no stage did DFAT provide such approval to Victoria.

Advice provided by DFAT officials was consistent with the Commonwealth Government's position.

DFAT also advised caution about entering into written agreements relating to BRI.

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