The Victorian Government has raised concerns directly with China over escalating trade tensions between it and Australia.
- Mr Pakula said he would support a move by the Federal Government to refer the disputes to the World Trade Organisation
- He has also defended Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road agreement with Beijing
- The Opposition says the agreement is “useless” if it cannot be used to resolve trade tensions
Victorian Trade Minister Martin Pakula has told the Public Accounts and Estimates parliamentary committee that he raised concerns about the ongoing dispute with the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne as well as the Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham.
“I have spoken to Senator Birmingham…