Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Rudd needs to change direction

Kevin Rudd is, as far as I can tell, one of the best shadow ministers in the federal Labor party. He is bright, supported Australian troops staying in Iraq until Latham over-ruled him, and is not an extremist.

And now he's criticised Howard's policy over Taiwan, saying it was pragmatically risking democracy there in order to maintain good relations with China.

Sorry. I got that the wrong way around. Aus Opposition calls for govt to increase pressure on Taiwan:

Australia's Federal Opposition has called on the Howard Government to increase diplomatic pressure on Taiwan over its desire to declare formal independence from China.

Labor's Foreign Affairs Spokesman Kevin Rudd says tensions on the issue were running high when he was in Beijing last week for talks with Chinese officials.

It's one thing for the government to be pragmatic, but usually opposition parties are more idealistic.

Oh, and about tensions running high? It isn't Tawain planning to practise war against a neighbour.

I'm not that impressed with Rudd myself. I know having to cover for Latham's erratic policy calls would be a Herculean task, but does he have to be so damn smug?

Taiwan's a strange case. I think it would help the cause there if they ditched the ROC tag altogether, along with any farcical claim to govern a re-united China.

It couldn't be fun living next door to that kind of threat.
Brilliant find! I totally missed that gem of oppositional Freudism.

They'll never go against a Communist nation, after all. It will upset most of the people that vote for them.
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