Kevin Rudd writes ‘Xi Jinping offers a long-term view of China’s ambition’

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Originally published in the Financial Times, 22 October 2017 The 19th Chinese Communist party congress has generated much commentary, but what does it actually mean? Party congresses are essentially about three things: first, leadership, personnel and power; second, ideology; third, political vision. On the first, President Xi Jinping has further strengthened his position. He is now China’s […]

Asia and the U.S.: Trump’s First 100 Days

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In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump declared “America First,” reinforcing the belief that he would follow through on his campaign rhetoric — confrontation with China, but also what appeared to be a wavering of support for long-standing commitments to Japan and South Korea. Elsewhere in Asia, the speech appeared to be a confirmation that […]