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International relations

Australian leader rips local government's deal with China

Morrison says state did not report signing of Belt and Road memorandum

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, says he was surprised by the actions of the Victorian government on international affairs.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticized the state government of Victoria for signing on to China's Belt and Road initiative without first consulting with Canberra.

The prime minister told reporters he "was surprised that the Victorian government went into that arrangement without any discussions with the commonwealth government ... on what is a matter of international relations. I would've hoped the Victorian government would've taken a more cooperative approach."

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