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. 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. Since at least his visit to China in May 2018, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has been personally following China`s commitment to Victoria`s multi-billion dollar «Big Build.» In October of the same year, he signed the Belt and Road Initiative in a Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing. He refused to make the agreement public and did so only after strong pressure during the last Victorian election campaign. The BIS`s Victorian agreement has more to do than infrastructure. The agreements cover cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and life sciences, research and high-end manufacturing, all of which also have important applications and implications for national security. All of this, too, needs to be reassessed from a national perspective. Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he was not re-listening to the state`s belt and road agreement with China in the face of escalating diplomatic tensions between the two nations. Victoria has been attacked by members of the federal coalition for its agreement on China`s belt and road initiative, but what does this mean for Victoria and Australia`s foreign policy towards China? www.cfr.org/backgrounder/chinas-massive-belt-and-road-initiative The Prime Minister also criticised the extent of future laws that would allow them to review agreements such as partner city relations. But after all the turmoil and concern about the One Belt One Road initiative, what is really in the document, what does this mean for Victoria, and why has Australia hesitated in the past to sign the trade agreement? This week, federal government laws will be passed that would give it the power to abolish agreements with foreign governments of states, municipal councils and universities. In October last year, Andrews signed a «framework agreement» with the People`s Republic of China on the «common promotion of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.» The title is a Chinese government language for the BIS, Xi Jinping`s strategy to strengthen Chinese power and create a Chinese-centered world. «We did not support this decision at the time of the agreement. And asking for national interests in foreign affairs are determined by the federal government and I respect its jurisdiction when it comes to the issues for which they are responsible, and it has always been customary for states to respect and recognize the role of the federal government in defining foreign policy.