Kevin Rudd on ‘an Infinitely More Assertive China’ Under Xi Jinping

Then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during a campaign launch in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 1, 2013 (AP photo by Tertius Pickard).
Then-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during a campaign launch in Brisbane, Australia, Sept. 1, 2013 (AP photo by Tertius Pickard).
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“What we’ve seen is an infinitely more assertive China,” says Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former prime minister of Australia, in assessing the country’s evolution under Xi Jinping. As a result, Mr. Rudd is not surprised by how rapidly the consensus view of China has shifted, with strategic competition having replaced win-win cooperation as the buzzword in the capitals of Western and Asian democracies. “The principle dynamic here has been China’s changing course itself,” he says, as well as China’s emergence as a global power. “We have a new guy in charge who has decided […]

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