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Rudd told US to ready to use force in China: leaks [The Age]

This might be potentially damaging for Australia’s symbiotic economic link with China, as former leader Kevin Rudd still has power as Australia’s foreign minister. This may seriously dent his previous reputation as a ‘friend of China’ whilst he was leader of Australia. ‘Brutal Realist’ sounds very definite, although sometimes people forget that whilst Wikileaks is fronted by an Australian, it was founded by Chinese dissidents – making sense of this will be interesting. ‘…Australian leader described himself a “brutal realist on China”.’

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Rudd told US to ready to use force in China: leaks
Madeleine Coorey
Source – The Age, published December 6, 2010 – 2:29PM

Then-Australian leader Kevin Rudd told the United States it should be prepared to use force against China “if everything goes wrong”, a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals.

In wide-ranging talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rudd also described Chinese leaders as “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet, and said that his push for a new Asia-Pacific body was designed to contain Chinese influence.

The State Department cable detailing a March 2009 conversation over lunch between Rudd, who was then prime minister, and Clinton in Washington states that the Australian leader described himself a “brutal realist on China”. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Australia, Beijing Consensus, Domestic Growth, Economics, Influence, International Relations, Public Diplomacy, Resources, Soft Power, The Age, Wikileaks

From WikiChina [New York Times]

Tongue-in-cheek, but definitely revealing in this Op-Ed wake-up call for the Americans, fantastic if it is read in the right spirit, but potentially lethal for the Chinese public image -‘…record numbers of U.S. high school students are now studying Chinese, which should guarantee us a steady supply of cheap labor that speaks our language here, as we use our $2.3 trillion in reserves to quietly buy up U.S. factories. In sum, things are going well for China in America.’

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OP-ED COLUMNIST | From WikiChina
Source – New York Times, published November 30, 2010

While secrets from WikiLeaks were splashed all over the American newspapers, I couldn’t help but wonder: What if China had a WikiLeaker and we could see what its embassy in Washington was reporting about America? I suspect the cable would read like this:

Washington Embassy, People’s Republic of China, to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Beijing, TOP SECRET/Subject: America today.

Things are going well here for China. America remains a deeply politically polarized country, which is certainly helpful for our goal of overtaking the U.S. as the world’s most powerful economy and nation. But we’re particularly optimistic because the Americans are polarized over all the wrong things. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Economics, Influence, International Relations, Nationalism, Opinion, Politics, Population, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, The Chinese Identity, Trade, U.S., Wikileaks

Wikileaks cables reveal China ‘ready to abandon North Korea’ [Guardian]

Wikileaks manages to shed some light on the contingency plans in case the two Koreas situation gets out of hand. An unstable Korea will surely disrupt East Asian stability, and that in turn will affect the intertwining global production networks. What can be deduced from this report is that China does not necessarily side with North Korea, their commitment is not to a faction, but to regional stability.

China’s objectives were “to ensure they [North Korean leaders] honour their commitments on non-proliferation, maintain stability, and ‘don’t drive [Kim Jong-il] mad’.”

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Wikileaks cables reveal China ‘ready to abandon North Korea’
Leaked dispatches show Beijing is frustrated with military actions of ‘spoiled child’ and increasingly favours reunified Korea
by Simon Tisdall
Source – Guardian, published November 29, 2010

South Korean war veterans protest after North Korea attacked Yeonpyeong Island. The WikiLeaks cables reveal Beijing believes such actions are those of a ‘spoiled child’. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

China has signalled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime, according to leaked US embassy cables that reveal senior Beijing figures regard their official ally as a “spoiled child”.

News of the Chinese shift comes at a crucial juncture after the North’s artillery bombardment of a South Korean island last week that killed four people and led both sides to threaten war. China has refused to condemn the North Korean action. But today Beijing appeared to bow to US pressure to help bring about a diplomatic solution, calling for “emergency consultations” and inviting a senior North Korean official to Beijing.

China is sharply critical of US pressure tactics towards North Korea and wants a resumption of the six-party nuclear disarmament talks. But the Guardian can reveal Beijing’s frustration with Pyongyang has grown since its missile and nuclear tests last year, worries about the economic impact of regional instability, and fears that the death of the dictator, Kim Jong-il, could spark a succession struggle. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Guardian, Influence, International Relations, North Korea, Politics, Public Diplomacy, South Korea, Wikileaks

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