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The United States and China emerged from last week's G20 summit in Buenos Aires with a deal that may end the ongoing trade conflict. A discussion between Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society and former former Ambassador of India to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal, as well as Will we benefit from better or worse relations between China and US?. China: Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and .. Siliguri Corrodor of the Indian West Bengal, located between Nepal,. Bhutan, Bangladesh When the. Rudd government took over in , one of the first acts was to rename.
The following weekend, Modi attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO summit in Qingdao, China, for the first time as an official member of the group and met with Xi again on the sidelines. Modi and Xi agreed to find a project that they could work on collaboratively in Afghanistan and to engage Pakistan to reduce regional tensions. If true, Beijing would probably insist on India first leaving the Quad to fully benefit from this arrangement. India used the opportunity of the second maritime dialogue with Beijing to elaborate on its vision of the region, first laid out at the Shangri-La Dialogue by Modi.
Taken together, these developments are no doubt troubling for the future sustainability of Indian participation in the Quad. But New Delhi has equally—if not more persuasive—arguments to remain a member and an active one. Regardless of any agreements reached at Wuhan, the reality is that India and China still have serious misgivings about each other. But eventual Indian Navy operations alone within this network will probably not be enough to ensure the entire Indo-Pacific remains stable and peaceful.
Having the Quad members available to supplement and reinforce Indian operations at and via these ports could increase deterrence. India has supported Hanoi in this endeavor, recently hosting an unprecedented joint naval exercise in the South China Sea. In addition to working with New Delhi at the strategic port of Sabang, Indonesia has also recently agreed to boost defense and maritime security cooperation.
Even if New Delhi one day officially exits the Quad, it is unlikely to alter its bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the Quad members. Indian defense relations with the United States, Japan, and even Australia—despite the Malabar decision—have never been better. Trilateral arrangements have also borne fruit as shown by the Malabar joint naval exercises among India, the United States, and Japan.
But given all this, at the end of the day India could still very well wind up leaving the Quad to avoid antagonizing China. Furthermore, because Modi may face a tough re-election campaign, keeping Doklam under wraps until after to avoid possible defeat will be imperative. Because in my very inadequate introduction, I did not quite yet mention, among a million accomplishments, the most significant one from our point of view in India, which is your scholarship on China, and your knowledge of the language, even your PhD was in Chinese democracy movement.
And you speak Chinese like a Chinese? Well, it comes and goes. I find my Chinese better after I've had a few drinks. Yes that's the Kevin bit. And 'Ven' means literature or the classics.
So I had this very ambitious teacher So, you're the over-comer of the classics. So my first year university teacher who is a Chinese herself, said to me, Mr. Rudd, you'll overcome the classics. It's a family name, the Chinese have a fixed family names and nothing even approximates Rudd, so Lu, is about the closest.
And if we were to give you an Indian name, we would have given you Gupta, Sharma, Singh, one of those. I see myself probably as a Gupta. Yes I'll be a Gupta.
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You'll make a good Gupta. Having said that, what does India make of Chinese troops causing a provocation every time a prominent Chinese leader comes to India or a prominent Indian leader goes to China? What are the Chinese telling us, do you buy this argument that maybe PLA could be doing it on their own? Well, one of the great virtues of not being the Prime Minister of Australia is that I have no access to Intelligence, so I cannot make an independent observation about what the Chinese troops are or are not doing in your disputed border territories, in both large sections of that.
But I think, what I know of the Chinese is that they have a defined and continuing sense of their territorial claims, continental, just essentially the border with you and Nepal unresolved, and the maritime claims as well. That's Vietnam, Japan, and. Well, frankly if you get around the loop it's 6 or 7.
If you start with disputes with Japan, and then of course you've got the internal Chinese disputes with Taiwan, and then you've got South East Asia, the Philippines and Vietnam, being the biggest intersecting maritime claims and then in addition to that Indonesia and Malaysia-Brunei. So it's quite a lot. On the continental borders there, there's 14 of them, China has the largest number of land boundaries with other countries, of any country in the world.
No, except Russia, Russia has 14 boundaries as well. But on the land boundaries, China only has 2 unresolved. Which are linked in a way. There's a pretty good history to it. I would hope, I mean, Deng Xiaoping would have said something like this, I hope with the fullness of time, with the material here of judgement and with the intelligence of future generations I think he said that, this generation does not have the wisdom to resolve this, let's leave it to wiser generations.
Although I do know that Deng Xiaoping decided that he couldn't leave it to another generation with Russia. And he settled it. And if you think of Is that what Mr Modi should be telling? You know, the first thing that visiting Australian politicians do not do is give lectures to the Prime Minister of the country. You're now an academic, Harvard University Kevin Rudd: They've been very kind to me. And I think that I think there must be a way through this border dispute. Because I think my friends from Delhi and China would ultimately welcome an opportunity to settle it.
On a specific formula, I can't provide guidance, but what I do know is this, Xi Jinping is a very hands-on leader Shekhar Gupta: He's certainly very powerful.
He's certainly the most powerful leader since Deng and definitely since Mao. And what I have known of him, in my dealings with him when I was in office, is that he will think, he will reflect, he will decide and he will act. So, if there are core things to be dealt with in India-China relations, and I've not met Mr Modi, but what I've observed is that he is a very decisive leader. Then I think this could be a relationship.
This is a good time. And this is a wise enough generation. So Deng Xiaoping said, he told RajIv Gandhi that let's wait for a wiser generation, do you think the wiser generation is here? I'm no judge of wisdom, remember I'm Australian, but I could make a slight observation from this side is that these two individuals have a very strong domestic political positions.
Prime Minister Modi has won, what we describe as a thumping win, in the last elections here, his political position is entrenched. For the first time in 30 years an Indian Party to win a majority. And the world knows that, the Chinese know that. And Xi Jinping, the consolidation of his leadership in the last two years in the Chinese Communist Party has been formidable.
So these two individuals have extraordinary authorities in their respective systems of government. So if it's possible to reach a basis for a landing point on the border dispute, which has plagued this relationship for far too long, and as you know, historically, there was too much bloodshed in the early 60s, and the fracturing of the great relationship that existed in the 50s; I think these two individuals have it within their political personalities, to possibly find a way through.
Personally, as someone who has always wanted to see peace in our great continent of Asia and those of us who hang off at the sides of it, like us Australians, we'd like to see a deep reconciliation with China and India over time as well.
We're trying to teach the Chinese to play cricket. Which may not be such a good idea going ahead, because they'll win everything. I don't know; I used to play cricket when I was in the embassy in Beijing, I am terrible at cricket. You must be the only Australian who is terrible at cricket.Discourse on Nepal China Relationship with Prof. Dai Yonghong, Sichuan University, China
No the only one who's honest at least about that. So here is my level of enthusiasm for the game of cricket and here is my level of ability. There is a considerable gap between the two. That's a billion plus Indians, don't worry, including me. Every year in Beijing, Peking we call in most states, we'd have a ground a bit like this, not far from the Temple of Heaven, the grudge match between us and the British Embassy, which is called the Tianjin Cup.
And my only sporting boast in history is coming in at number ten, because that's where my batting skills lie. I managed to hit a four on the last ball to win the game. I see, so that was Ashes in China.
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And there's nothing better than beating the British. You know that Shekhar Gupta: On that note, yes, absolutely. Anyway, you play the British we back Australia. You play the English we back India.
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In fact I remember once that the UK High Commissioner once said to me that look, time has now come for India-England to play a series every 6 months, one in India, one in England. So I said, then we'll beat you all the time. So he said, do I care?
So Englishmen they're happy to even subvert the Scottish. But someone told me recently, I don't know whether this is true, that the Chinese have organised a bunch of professional cricket coaches Shekhar Gupta: And some have gone from India. And started training local Chinese teams. Yes, I think it's an anti-national act.
All cricket playing countries should get together and align forces. But it's hilarious isn't it, to think that one time we could be scalded by the Chinese on a cricket field Shekhar Gupta SG: Real Chinamen bowling a Chinaman. But having said that, while India and Australia need to join forces to keep the Chinese threat away from cricket, to fight it off, what else do India and Australia do together?
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This is a very unrealised relationship. Towards an FTA also. Well, I did two things with the Prime Minister of the time. Number one is we resolved the nuclear issue. We were in Government, and it was difficult for us, because of our historical deep commitment to Non Proliferation trading. But, recognising India's history, its democracy and its consistent application of NPT principles, we made that exception, so that removed a very large impediment from the relationship.
And they have taken some time, they've been through five rounds so far, I'll simply say to my Indian friends, it took us nineteen rounds with the Chinese.