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Clinton grilled Rudd on dealing with China

December 6, 2010

December 5, 2010
The Sydney Morning Herald

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton grilled then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on how best to deal with the growing economic power of China, a confidential cable released by WikiLeaks states.

In the cable from March 28 last year, Ms Clinton told Mr Rudd that although the US wanted China to be successful and were impressed by the progress of democracy, they held some anxiety over China's growing power.

Ms Clinton said the US wanted "China to take more responsibility in the global economic sphere, create more of a social safety net for its people, and construct a better regulatory framework for the goods China manufactures."
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"The Secretary also noted the challenges posed by China's economic rise, asking: `How do you deal toughly with your banker?'," the cable stated.

Mr Rudd replied by calling himself a "brutal realist on China", argued for "multilateral engagement with bilateral vigour" and called for China to be integrated effectively into the international community.

"Allowing it to demonstrate greater responsibility, all while also preparing to deploy force if everything goes wrong," he said.

The conversation between Ms Clinton and the then-prime minister occurred during a 75-minute lunch following Mr Rudd's meeting at the White House.

Mr Rudd told Ms Clinton the idea behind the Asia Pacific Community (APC) initiative was to ensure Chinese dominance of the East Asia Summit (EAS) did not result in an Asia without the US.

"Expressing appreciation for US re-engagement in the region, Rudd said China could succeed only if the United States ceded the field," the cable stated.

Mr Rudd said he thought Chinese leaders were paranoid about both Taiwan and Tibet, however, there were "subtle differences" between the two.

"Leaders' reactions on Taiwan were sub-rational and deeply emotional, whereas hard-line policies on Tibet were crafted to send clear messages to other ethnic minorities," he said.

The then prime minister said he had asked Chinese leaders to consider a "small 'a' autonomy deal with the Dalai Lama" but conceded there was little prospect of success.
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