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Post time 2011-11-28 21:41:00 |Display all floors
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FORMER Liberal Party boss Malcolm Turnbull has rebuked Australian political leaders for mimicking the Obama administration's tough security posture in the region at the expense of our biggest customer, China.
His comments in Melbourne last night were sharply at odds not only with those of the Gillard government but also with those of his own party leader, Tony Abbott, who deposed him two years ago.
''The Australian government needs to be careful not to allow a doe-eyed fascination with the leader of the free world to distract from the reality that our national interest requires us truly and not just rhetorically to maintain both an ally in Washington and a good friend in Beijing,'' Mr Turnbull said at the Sir Edward Dunlop Lecture before a large Melbourne audience.
Mr Turnbull warned political leaders against indulging in extravagant loyalty and devotion to the American ally at the expense of the biggest customer. China is a principal reason, he said, that Australia's unemployment rate is half that of North America or Europe.
He warned that President Barack Obama's rhetoric on China should be understood in the context of America's ritualistic China-bashing before an election year. ''It suits President Obama's domestic agenda to be seen to muscle up to China,'' Mr Turnbull said.
He repeated the key elements of his earlier speech at the London School of Economics in October that he does not believe in the prediction that China will become an aggressive military power. He offered the example of China's amicable settlement of its border dispute with Russia.
Chinese leaders' preoccupation with domestic economic issues would also serve as a powerful restraining force, ''given the importance of a stable economy in the regime's legitimacy'', Mr Turnbull said.
He endorsed Australian National University professor Hugh White's argument that Australia's national interest and regional stability are best served by ''a power balance rather than a powerful enforcer''.
Mr Turnbull also challenged the national complacency in face of the changing economic reality.
He said people must not be complacent in thinking the resources boom will last forever and the strategic and diplomatic arrangements that have served us well in the past will continue to serve us well into the future.
The government must introduce measures to improve productivity or face ever greater competition from countries such as China, which is busily upgrading its own industries.
''There are great opportunities for Australia in our ever-closer ties with Asia,'' Mr Turnbull said.
But thoughtful, consistent and forward-looking policies were needed to make the most of them.
Source: The Age

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Post time 2011-11-29 00:19:03 |Display all floors
Rare honest politician from western regime.

But maybe he will be "approached" soon by the neocons and Kahn style scandal will emerge.

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Post time 2011-11-30 02:43:03 |Display all floors
liuyedao Post time: 2011-11-29 01:19
Rare honest politician from western regime.

But maybe he will be "approached" soon by the neocons a ...

We have many politicians here support China but the press don’t report it. You rarely get the truth from the media.  Be very discerning when you read the news as it’s hardly objective.  
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Post time 2011-11-30 20:30:39 |Display all floors
you say he's honest

I say:

1. He's a politician (agenda, a paymaster and paymaster agenda)
2. This report is in the mainstream media (also paid for by a paymaster)

It is a nice photo though

And Turnbull knows a thing or two about how to run a business

I think Mandarin should be aggressively promoted in primary and secondary school

That is by far the best way to improve ties
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Post time 2011-11-30 20:34:31 |Display all floors
that was supposed to be one of Rudd's pledges - for Asian languages to be promoted in schools

and nothing more was said after the election
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Post time 2011-11-30 21:40:00 |Display all floors
lebeast Post time: 2011-11-30 21:34
that was supposed to be one of Rudd's pledges - for Asian languages to be promoted in schools

and n ...

Well, Ruddy is busy trying to make a comeback these days.  The general public wants him back as PM but other ALP MPs dislike him immensely.
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Post time 2011-11-30 21:43:22 |Display all floors
lebeast Post time: 2011-11-30 21:30
you say he's honest

I say:

No politician is honest.  They simply can’t survive being honest. Of course they all have an agenda.  If their agenda are in line with the majority of the population, then they have the chance of gaining power.
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