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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kevin Rudd distances himself from China - picture opportunity PM didn't want ...

Which one is the Ambassador for China?

Brisbane Times - Photo - Andrew Meares.

Kevin Rudd normally loves to sit next to Chinese dignitaries and chit-chat in Mandarin. But with his China orientation now a matter of sharp political controversy, he seems to have lost some of his enthusiasm.

The Prime Minister's staff asked the BBC to move him from his position beside the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Madam Fu Ying, when the two appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show at the weekend.
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See - Brisbane Times - Picture opportunity PM didn't want.

The BBC refused to move Rudd.

He is not having fun with the UK media - finding them distinctly harder to manipulate ...

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rudd's relationship with China is about lining up a post-PM job when the electorate is through with him. UN Secretary-General anyone? His new line that he's friendly with China because he's in the hunt for jobs is laughable.

Rudd does not have Australia's best interests at heart. He has Kevin Rudd's best interests at heart - 24/7!

11:00 AM, March 31, 2009

 
Anonymous newswatch said...

The Australian:

31 March 2009

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Mr Brown and the other world leaders gathering in London are concentrating furiously on managing media expectations so they can declare Thursday's meeting a triumph.

Kevin Rudd is joining in with gusto, with the added aim of showing his own voters at home that he is playing in thebig league and not just making up the numbers. The Prime Minister's spin in Australia has largely been about his own role in shaping the summit, for instance offering some rather unnecessary advice to the Americans and others that they should deal with their toxic bank assets.

Mr Rudd said last night at a news conference with Mr Brown that the spending initiatives being taken by individual governments around the world to bail out their economies had actually been "in response to the call" by the last G20 summit for co-ordinated action.

There is no evidence of any such co-ordination, nor that any government has cut a tax or spent a dollar in response to the G20's urgings.

Mr Rudd, we are told, has supposedly been in constant brain-storming contact with Mr Brown, a fact that has somehow eluded the notice of senior aides in Downing Street.

When Mr Brown spoke last week about his contacts with foreign leaders he named Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and leaders from Europe, Latin America, India, Japan and China.

There was no mention of Mr Rudd, although Mr Brown did add that he had consulted "all the members from the Asian countries".
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11:24 AM, March 31, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What alovely picture - I do not trust that bloke on the left with shifty eyes

9:43 PM, April 02, 2009

 

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