On September 17, 2014, the former Australia Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, shared his perspective on U.S. – China relations to Boston Global Forum at its conference focusing on building a framework for peace and security in the Pacific.
His talk focused into four key areas. The first is the current state of the U.S. – China relationship. Then he talked briefly about what can we learn in the centenary of World War I from the Europeans of the world about how to avoid unnecessary conflagration and conflict. The third focus of his talk is about where East Asia has got to so far on the creation of regional institutions. And final one is his thought, as going back to his years being the Australian prime minister, on how we begin to change the pattern of thought and how we can construct a common future together.
Watch his talk here.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. At the Belfer Center, Rudd will lead a major research effort on possibilities and impacts of a new strategic relationship between China and the United States. Mr. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012, before returning to the Prime Ministership in 2013. As Prime Minister, Mr. Rudd led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis.