The glamorous Chinese businesswoman, 33, played a key role in Daniel Andrews’ Victoria deal with Beijing
A young businesswoman has emerged as the key figure behind the controversial Victoria-China trade deal.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has been widely criticized for joining the Belt and Road Initiative, which provides loans and investments in Chinese government infrastructure projects.
Victoria is the only Australian state sign up, and did so despite federal government disapproval and security agency warnings.
As chief executive of the Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative company, Jean Dong, 33, was instrumental in securing the deal.
The glamorous businesswoman, who has a background in connecting China to the rest of the world, boasted about her political influence in a YouTube video entitled ‘Journey of Influence’.
The images provide a glimpse into Ms. Dong’s life, from her early days as a student journalist in Beijing, to rubbing shoulders with Australian prime ministers and other political leaders.
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Jean Dong, 33, (photo) has emerged as a key figure behind the controversial Victoria-China trade deal
The video includes photos of her with former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured), Tasmanian Liberal Prime Minister Will Hodgman, and former Labor Secretary of State Bob Carr
The footage starts with Ms. Dong standing on a hill with the Melbourne skyline behind her as she talks about the people who inspired her before talking about her own success.
The video features photos of her with former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, then Tasmanian Liberal Prime Minister Will Hodgman, and former Labor Secretary of State Bob Carr.
The former Chinese television journalist moved to Australia to trade at the University of Adelaide. After graduating in 2009, she moved to Melbourne to study international law before graduating advisory position at PwC.
“At the age of 21, I presented and convinced the Australian PwC leadership to view Asia’s growth as a priority strategy and gain a clear advantage over its competitors,” she said in the YouTube video.
Pictured: Jean Dong, left, with former Secretary of State Bob Carr and his wife, Helena
“At the age of 26, I successfully established a reciprocal and long-term economic cooperation agreement through the China-Australia free trade agreement for both countries.
The video was filmed working as the general manager of Spark Corporation Group.
The company focused on Chinese investments in Australian agriculture and resources.
Ms. Dong described it as “expanding Australian companies into Chinese markets through strategic partnerships”.
The glamorous businesswoman with a background in connecting China to the rest of the world boasted about her political influence in a YouTube video entitled: ‘Journey of Influence’
It is believed that Mr. Andrews first came into contact with Ms. Dong through his former advisor Mike Yang.
Mr. Yang and Mrs. Dong both attended a youth delegation to China in 2014. Only 30 delegates attended the Beijing conference.
The well-connected Labor party worker is said to be the reason behind Mr Andrews’ strong relationship with the Chinese communist government.
Years after the conference, Ms. Dong was tasked with promoting the Belt and Road Initiative to Mr. Andrews.
During that time, her pro-Chinese company also paid to provide advice on the deal.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has signed up to the controversial Belt and Road Initiative that provides loans and investments in infrastructure projects
Belt and Road has been criticized by Western governments as a covert extension of Chinese influence (photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping), and as a means to lure smaller countries into debt, which Beijing then leverages
The company received two taxpayer-funded contracts advising on China’s global commercial game in 2017-18 and 2019-20, totaling $ 36,850, The Australian reported.
Andrews’s government blamed the violation of the disclosure of the information for an administrative error.
“ACBRI’s advice provided valuable insights into opportunities for Victoria arising from the BRI,” a government spokesperson told the publication.
‘Due to an administrative error, the first of the assignments was not published in the 2017-18 annual report of the relevant department. The second of the assignments is reported … as planned. ‘
What is the Belt and Road Initiative?
The Belt and Road Initiative, unveiled in 2013 in Kazakhstan and Indonesia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the most ambitious infrastructure project in modern world history.
The multi-billion dollar initiative spans hundreds of projects, most of which were built and funded by Chinese contractors through loans from Chinese state-owned banks, spanning 65 countries from the South Pacific through Asia to Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping put their palms on a screen during a gas pipeline in Astana in 2013
The Belt and Road Initiative, essentially a modern Silk Road, consists of a “belt” of six overland passages that direct trade to and from China and a maritime “road” from shipping lanes and seaports from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean. Ocean.
The initiative countries are responsible for 40 percent of global gross domestic product growth and 44 percent of the world’s population, according to an analysis of Morgan Stanley.
As of July 2018, more than 100 countries and international organizations had signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with China, extending the initiative from the Eurasian continent to Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and South Pacific.
The Chinese government calls the initiative “an attempt to improve regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future.”
However, other observations and critics see it as a push for the country’s position as a global economic power with a China-focused trade network, while burying some countries with enormous debt.