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? Some analysts say the Victoria bri deal means Chinese firms will be asked whether, under the agreement, Victoria should play a greater role in Australia-China relations, Pearson said, “the federal government has made it clear that they want to play a dominant role in these issues from a foreign policy perspective.” While Italy and Greece have joined the Belt and Road Initiative, European leaders have expressed ambivalent views. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the BIS should “lead to some reciprocity and we are still arguing about it.” In January 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “The old Silk Roads have never been anything but Chinese… The new roads cannot go in one direction. [104] European Commission Chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed an infrastructure agreement in Brussels in September 2019 to counter China`s Belt and Road initiative and link Europe and Asia to coordinate infrastructure, transport and digital development projects. [116] [117] It was followed by a framework that set up a working group with the aim of securing a roadmap for partnership opportunities between China and Victoria by mid-2020. No roadmap has been published to date. The Sea Silk Road, which is already the route of more than half of the world`s containers, develops deep-water ports, builds logistic nodes and creates new routes of communication in the hinterland. The Sea Silk Road, with its links from the Chinese coast to the south, passes through Hanoi to Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur through the Strait of Malacca via Sri Lanka Colombo towards the southern tip of India via Malé, the capital of the Maldives, to Mombasa, East Africa, and then to Djibouti , then through the Red Sea via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean. , via Haifa, Istanbul and Athens to the Adriatic region to the Trieste platform in northern Italy, with its international free port and rail links to Central Europe and the North Sea. [23] [24] [25] [26] Poland, the Baltic States, Northern Europe and Central Europe are therefore also connected to the Maritime Silk Road and logistically connected by Adriatic ports and Piraeus to East Africa, India and China.