This might be potentially damaging for Australia’s symbiotic economic link with China, as former leader Kevin Rudd still has power as Australia’s foreign minister. This may seriously dent his previous reputation as a ‘friend of China’ whilst he was leader of Australia. ‘Brutal Realist’ sounds very definite, although sometimes people forget that whilst Wikileaks is fronted by an Australian, it was founded by Chinese dissidents – making sense of this will be interesting. ‘…Australian leader described himself a “brutal realist on China”.’
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Rudd told US to ready to use force in China: leaks
Source – The Age, published December 6, 2010 – 2:29PM
Then-Australian leader Kevin Rudd told the United States it should be prepared to use force against China “if everything goes wrong”, a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals.
In wide-ranging talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rudd also described Chinese leaders as “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet, and said that his push for a new Asia-Pacific body was designed to contain Chinese influence.
The State Department cable detailing a March 2009 conversation over lunch between Rudd, who was then prime minister, and Clinton in Washington states that the Australian leader described himself a “brutal realist on China”. Read the rest of this entry »