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Chinese Belt and Road Lobby Group CEO Found Praising Communist Leaders Virus Response

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The director of a Belt and Road Initiative lobby group in Victoria, Australia who worked closely with the state government has been found praising Chinese leader Xi Jinpings handling of the CCP virus pandemic in an interview with a national daily newspaper in China.

Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative (ACBRI) CEO Jean Dongs praise came around the same that Australia was coming to grips with the news that two Chinese-backed companies had shipped tonnes of critical medical equipment from Australia to China.

Dong was commenting on a speech made by Xi at the G20s Extraordinary Virtual Leaders Summit on COVID-19 held in March to address the global response to the pandemic.

She told Guangming Daily on March 27 that Xis speech at the summit “provided confidence and support for the global fight against the epidemic and the maintenance of economic growth.”

The article also reported Dong praising the Chinese regimes presidency of the G20 summit when it was held in Hangzhou in 2016, saying “China put development issues at a prominent position in the global policy framework for the first time, providing valuable Chinese wisdom for improving global economic governance.”

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Jean Dongs interview with Guangming Daily featured on the official Chinese Communist Party news website on May 27, 2020. (Screenshot)

Dong told the paper that the G7 meeting held on March 25 had “ultimately failed” and that it was “regrettable.”

“Therefore, countries around the world pay more attention to the G20 summit and the four-point initiative proposed by [Chinese leader] Xi,” Dong said. “Which model is feasible and which country is solving the problem, everyone can see at a glance.”

Earlier this week, reports surrounding the activities of ACBRI came to light, as Victorias Belt and Road Initiative agreement comes under increasing scrutiny following the Chinese communist regimes response to Australias call for an inquiry into the pandemics origins.

ACBRI, based in Melbourne, is a group focused on enabling “Australian and Chinese industry leaders to articulate clear business opportunities available through Chinas Belt and Road Strategy.”

The group was found to have received $36,850 from the state government _