‘An Infinitely More Assertive China’: Kevin Rudd on the Impact of Xi Jinping

Then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd attends the 52nd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 13, 2016 (AP photo by Andreas Gebert).
Then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd attends the 52nd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 13, 2016 (AP photo by Andreas Gebert).

Over the past five years, and accelerating amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new consensus on China has emerged and consolidated in the capitals of many Western and Asian democracies. The hope that China’s integration into the global economy will gradually result in a softening of its posture abroad and political liberalization at home has faded, particularly under the rule of Xi Jinping. China has shown little willingness to remedy the unfair trading practices it has long used to tilt the playing field in its favor during its rise as an economic power. And under Xi, the Chinese Communist Party has […]

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