Are China and the US doomed to conflict? | Kevin Rudd
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Are China and the US doomed to conflict? | Kevin Rudd

G’day, my name’s Kevin. I’m from Australia. I’m here to help. (Laughter) Tonight, I want to talk about
a tale of two cities. One of those cities is called Washington,
and the other is called Beijing. Because how these two capitals
shape their future and the future of the United States
and the future of China doesn’t just affect those two countries, it affects all of us in ways, perhaps, we’ve never thought of: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the fish we eat,
the quality of our oceans, the languages we speak in the future, the jobs we have,
the political systems we choose, and, of course, the great questions
of war and peace. You see that bloke? He’s French. His name is Napoleon. A couple of hundred years ago, he made this extraordinary projection: “China is a sleeping lion,
and when she awakes, the world will shake.” Napoleon got a few things wrong; he got this one absolutely right. Because China is today
not just woken up, China has stood up
and China is on the march, and the question for us all is where will China go and how do we engage
this giant of the 21st century? You start looking at the numbers,
they start to confront you in a big way. It’s projected that China will become, by whichever measure —
PPP, market exchange rates — the largest economy in the world over the course of the decade ahead. They’re already
the largest trading nation, already the largest exporting nation, already the largest manufacturing nation, and they’re also the biggest
emitters of carbon in the world. America comes second. So if China does become
the world’s largest economy, think about this: It’ll be the first time since this guy was on
the throne of England — George III, not a good friend
of Napoleon’s — that in the world we will have
as the largest economy a non-English speaking country, a non-Western country, a non-liberal democratic country. And if you don’t think
that’s going to affect the way in which the world
happens in the future, then personally, I think
you’ve been smoking something, and it doesn’t mean you’re from Colorado. So in short, the question
we have tonight is, how do we understand this mega-change, which I believe to be the biggest change
for the first half of the 21st century? It’ll affect so many things. It will go to the absolute core. It’s happening quietly.
It’s happening persistently. It’s happening in some senses
under the radar, as we are all preoccupied with what’s going in Ukraine,
what’s going on in the Middle East, what’s going on with ISIS,
what’s going on with ISIL, what’s happening with
the future of our economies. This is a slow and quiet revolution. And with a mega-change
comes also a mega-challenge, and the mega-challenge is this: Can these two great countries, China and the United States — China, the Middle Kingdom, and the United States, Měiguó — which in Chinese, by the way,
means “the beautiful country.” Think about that — that’s the name
that China has given this country for more than a hundred years. Whether these two great civilizations,
these two great countries, can in fact carve out a common future for themselves and for the world? In short, can we carve out a future which is peaceful and mutually prosperous, or are we looking at a great challenge of war or peace? And I have 15 minutes
to work through war or peace, which is a little less time than they gave this guy to write a book
called “War and Peace.” People ask me, why is it that a kid
growing up in rural Australia got interested in learning Chinese? Well, there are two reasons for that. Here’s the first of them. That’s Betsy the cow. Now, Betsy the cow was one
of a herd of dairy cattle that I grew up with on a farm
in rural Australia. See those hands there?
These are not built for farming. So very early on, I discovered
that in fact, working in a farm was not designed for me,
and China was a very safe remove from any career in Australian farm life. Here’s the second reason. That’s my mom. Anyone here ever listen
to what their mom told them to do? Everyone ever do what
their mom told them to do? I rarely did, but what my mom said to me was, one day, she handed me a newspaper, a headline which said,
here we have a huge change. And that change is China
entering the United Nations. 1971, I had just turned 14 years of age, and she handed me this headline. And she said, “Understand this,
learn this, because it’s going to affect your future.” So being a very good student of history, I decided that the best thing
for me to do was, in fact, to go off and learn Chinese. The great thing about learning Chinese is that your Chinese teacher
gives you a new name. And so they gave me this name: Kè, which means to overcome or to conquer, and Wén, and that’s the character
for literature or the arts. Kè Wén, Conqueror of the Classics. Any of you guys called “Kevin”? It’s a major lift from being called Kevin
to be called Conqueror of the Classics. (Laughter) I’ve been called Kevin all my life. Have you been called Kevin all your life? Would you prefer to be called
Conqueror of the Classics? And so I went off after that
and joined the Australian Foreign Service, but here is where pride — before pride,
there always comes a fall. So there I am in the embassy in Beijing, off to the Great Hall of the People with our ambassador, who had asked me
to interpret for his first meeting in the Great Hall of the People. And so there was I. If you’ve been to a Chinese meeting,
it’s a giant horseshoe. At the head of the horsehoe
are the really serious pooh-bahs, and down the end of the horseshoe
are the not-so-serious pooh-bahs, the junior woodchucks like me. And so the ambassador
began with this inelegant phrase. He said, “China and Australia
are currently enjoying a relationship of unprecedented closeness.” And I thought to myself, “That sounds clumsy. That sounds odd. I will improve it.” Note to file: Never do that. It needed to be a little more elegant,
a little more classical, so I rendered it as follows. [In Chinese] There was a big pause
on the other side of the room. You could see the giant pooh-bahs
at the head of the horseshoe, the blood visibly draining
from their faces, and the junior woodchucks
at the other end of the horseshoe engaged in peals of
unrestrained laughter. Because when I rendered his sentence, “Australia and China are
enjoying a relationship of unprecedented closeness,” in fact, what I said was that
Australia and China were now experiencing fantastic orgasm. (Laughter) That was the last time
I was asked to interpret. But in that little story,
there’s a wisdom, which is, as soon as you think you know something
about this extraordinary civilization of 5,000 years of continuing history, there’s always something new to learn. History is against us when it comes to the U.S. and China forging a common future together. This guy up here? He’s not Chinese and he’s not American. He’s Greek. His name’s Thucydides. He wrote the history
of the Peloponnesian Wars. And he made this extraordinary observation about Athens and Sparta. “It was the rise of Athens
and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.” And hence, a whole literature about
something called the Thucydides Trap. This guy here? He’s not American
and he’s not Greek. He’s Chinese. His name is Sun Tzu.
He wrote “The Art of War,” and if you see his statement underneath,
it’s along these lines: “Attack him where he is unprepared,
appear where you are not expected.” Not looking good so far
for China and the United States. This guy is an American.
His name’s Graham Allison. In fact, he’s a teacher
at the Kennedy School over there in Boston. He’s working on a single project
at the moment, which is, does the Thucydides Trap
about the inevitably of war between rising powers
and established great powers apply to the future
of China-U.S. relations? It’s a core question. And what Graham has done
is explore 15 cases in history since the 1500s to establish what the precedents are. And in 11 out of 15 of them, let me tell you, they’ve ended in catastrophic war. You may say, “But Kevin — or Conqueror of the Classics — that was the past. We live now in a world
of interdependence and globalization. It could never happen again.” Guess what? The economic historians
tell us that in fact, the time which we reached
the greatest point of economic integration and globalization was in 1914, just before that happened, World War I, a sobering reflection from history. So if we are engaged
in this great question of how China thinks, feels, and positions itself
towards the United States, and the reverse, how do we get to the baseline of how these two countries
and civilizations can possibly work together? Let me first go to, in fact, China’s views of the U.S.
and the rest of the West. Number one: China feels
as if it’s been humiliated at the hands of the West
through a hundred years of history, beginning with the Opium Wars. When after that, the Western powers
carved China up into little pieces, so that by the time
it got to the ’20s and ’30s, signs like this one appeared
on the streets of Shanghai. [“No dogs and Chinese allowed”] How would you feel if you were Chinese, in your own country,
if you saw that sign appear? China also believes and feels as if, in the events of 1919,
at the Peace Conference in Paris, when Germany’s colonies were given back to all sorts of countries
around in the world, what about German colonies in China? They were, in fact, given to Japan. When Japan then invaded China in the 1930s the world looked away and was indifferent
to what would happen to China. And then, on top of that,
the Chinese to this day believe that the United States and the West do not accept the legitimacy
of their political system because it’s so radically different
from those of us who come from liberal democracies, and believe that the United States
to this day is seeking to undermine their political system. China also believes
that it is being contained by U.S. allies and by those
with strategic partnerships with the U.S. right around its periphery. And beyond all that,
the Chinese have this feeling in their heart of hearts
and in their gut of guts that those of us in the collective West are just too damned arrogant. That is, we don’t recognize
the problems in our own system, in our politics and our economics, and are very quick
to point the finger elsewhere, and believe that, in fact,
we in the collective West are guilty of a great bunch of hypocrisy. Of course, in international relations, it’s not just the sound
of one hand clapping. There’s another country too,
and that’s called the U.S. So how does the U.S.
respond to all of the above? The U.S. has a response to each of those. On the question of
is the U.S. containing China, they say, “No, look at the history of
the Soviet Union. That was containment.” Instead, what we have done
in the U.S. and the West is welcome China
into the global economy, and on top of that, welcome them
into the World Trade Organization. The U.S. and the West say China cheats on the question
of intellectual property rights, and through cyberattacks
on U.S. and global firms. Furthermore, the United States
says that the Chinese political system is fundamentally wrong because it’s at such fundamental variance to the human rights, democracy,
and rule of law that we enjoy in the U.S. and the collective West. And on top of all the above,
what does the United States say? That they fear that China will,
when it has sufficient power, establish a sphere of influence
in Southeast Asia and wider East Asia, boot the United States out, and in time, when it’s powerful enough, unilaterally seek to change
the rules of the global order. So apart from all of that,
it’s just fine and dandy, the U.S.-China relationship. No real problems there. The challenge, though,
is given those deep-rooted feelings, those deep-rooted emotions
and thought patterns, what the Chinese call “Sīwéi,”
ways of thinking, how can we craft a basis
for a common future between these two? I argue simply this: We can do it on the basis on a framework of constructive realism
for a common purpose. What do I mean by that? Be realistic about the things
that we disagree on, and a management approach
that doesn’t enable any one of those differences
to break into war or conflict until we’ve acquired
the diplomatic skills to solve them. Be constructive in areas of the
bilateral, regional and global engagement between the two, which will make a difference
for all of humankind. Build a regional institution
capable of cooperation in Asia, an Asia-Pacific community. And worldwide, act further, like you’ve begun to do
at the end of last year by striking out against climate change with hands joined together
rather than fists apart. Of course, all that happens
if you’ve got a common mechanism and political will to achieve the above. These things are deliverable. But the question is,
are they deliverable alone? This is what our head
tells us we need to do, but what about our heart? I have a little experience
in the question back home of how you try to bring
together two peoples who, frankly, haven’t had
a whole lot in common in the past. And that’s when I apologized
to Australia’s indigenous peoples. This was a day of reckoning
in the Australian government, the Australian parliament,
and for the Australian people. After 200 years of unbridled abuse
towards the first Australians, it was high time that we white folks
said we were sorry. The important thing — (Applause) The important thing that I remember
is staring in the faces of all those from Aboriginal Australia as they came to listen to this apology. It was extraordinary to see, for example, old women telling me the stories
of when they were five years old and literally ripped away
from their parents, like this lady here. It was extraordinary for me
to then be able to embrace and to kiss Aboriginal elders
as they came into the parliament building, and one woman said to me, it’s the first time a white fella
had ever kissed her in her life, and she was over 70. That’s a terrible story. And then I remember
this family saying to me, “You know, we drove all the way
from the far North down to Canberra to come to this thing, drove our way through redneck country. On the way back, stopped at a cafe
after the apology for a milkshake.” And they walked into this cafe
quietly, tentatively, gingerly, a little anxious. I think you know what I’m talking about. But the day after the apology,
what happened? Everyone in that cafe,
every one of the white folks, stood up and applauded. Something had happened in the hearts
of these people in Australia. The white folks, our Aboriginal
brothers and sisters, and we haven’t solved
all these problems together, but let me tell you,
there was a new beginning because we had gone not just to the head, we’d gone also to the heart. So where does that conclude
in terms of the great question that we’ve been asked
to address this evening, which is the future
of U.S.-China relations? The head says there’s a way forward. The head says there is a policy framework,
there’s a common narrative, there’s a mechanism
through regular summitry to do these things
and to make them better. But the heart must also find a way
to reimagine the possibilities of the America-China relationship, and the possibilities of China’s
future engagement in the world. Sometimes, folks, we just need
to take a leap of faith not quite knowing where we might land. In China, they now talk about
the Chinese Dream. In America, we’re all familiar
with the term “the American Dream.” I think it’s time, across the world, that we’re able to think also
of something we might also call a dream for all humankind. Because if we do that, we might just change the way that we think about each other. [In Chinese] That’s my challenge to America.
That’s my challenge to China. That’s my challenge to all of us, but I think where there’s a will
and where there is imagination we can turn this into a future driven by peace and prosperity and not once again repeat the tragedies of war. I thank you. (Applause) Chris Anderson: Thanks so much for that.
Thanks so much for that. It feels like you yourself
have a role to play in this bridging. You, in a way, are uniquely placed
to speak to both sides. Kevin Rudd: Well, what we Australians
do best is organize the drinks, so you get them together in one room,
and we suggest this and suggest that, then we go and get the drinks. But no, look, for all of us
who are friends of these two great countries,
America and China, you can do something. You can make a practical contribution, and for all you good folks here, next time you meet someone from China, sit down and have a conversation. See what you can find out about
where they come from and what they think, and my challenge for all
the Chinese folks who are going to watch
this TED Talk at some time is do the same. Two of us seeking to change the world
can actually make a huge difference. Those of us up the middle,
we can make a small contribution. CA: Kevin, all power to you,
my friend. Thank you. KR: Thank you. Thank you, folks. (Applause)

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100 thoughts on “Are China and the US doomed to conflict? | Kevin Rudd

  1. China calls the US "Beautiful Country" because they found the American flag to be beautiful compared to all of the 3-color bar flags from Europe.

  2. What is going to happen is Trump is going to force the collapse of the Chinese Economy and then we can have a set down coffee and talk. Today their ears and eyes are closed, but in coming months they are going to open their eyes and in turn be forced to open their ears and work toward an agreement that will support China through it billions of people who today are simply the rulers slaves.

  3. I am suspicious of the CCPs agenda. I believe China is out to rule over the west & with the left in control of media & politics, they will take Australia (along with our comfortable western culture & freedoms) without firing a shot!

    China is about status, how they look, working only for China. That 100yrs of humiliation is not something they will let go, there won't be any negotiation. It's not going to be equal after that. Our Aboriginal communities will suffer greatly under China. It may appear to be Utopia but they won't allow our once great multicultural democracy & freedoms, to live.

  4. china wants dominance over all . they had it 5000 yrs ago , now there back for it again. china got big by finding weakness and greed in americas politicians and businessman. trump is here to put the brakes on chinas dominating expansion and even out the uneven trade conditions. i feel for australia , an island of good strong people that has been verbally threatened by chinese of its military capabilitys .if australia doesnt drop its self reliant tough attitude towards chinas disrespect of australias soveriegnty , then china could destroy them.

  5. China screw the rest of the world economically. They have no respect for business ethics. They will always export 10 x more than what they import. They don't make good trading partners.

  6. China will butt rape the planet spewing toxic gases and chemicals but produce iphones the American idiot liberal will love them. The American libtard hates toxic masculinity which is what their liberal dykes spew. The American liberal is a strange thing.

  7. Want to b realistic? The US government says what u said yes. The US people do not agree with what was said. WANT TO FIX ALL THIES CHILDISH PROBLEMS? No more "PROFESSIONAL POLITICIANS". Try this….
    Take any 10 american citizens and put them in room with any 10 Chinese citizens, i bet they get along and if were last 20 ppl on earth, would become as one.
    NOW! Take 10 american ruling government personnel and 10 of equal position from Chinese government, set all 20 of them in room….
    I garentee they wont get along, they will ban togeather in their own sepret race spacific groops and if they were last 20 ppl on earth, either be end of humans, or humans would b Chinese, because greed runs deep and when budget runs anything humans do nasty eivl things..
    ONE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO NUKE ANOTHER. Both government personnel leave as they nuke US!! THE CITIZENS OF EARTH!!!!!

    Citizens of Earth

    We all agree war is stupid.
    So when war happens its a extremely small % of (childish emotionless) humans, that either are angry greedy or mainy just trying to make a $.
    War for $ is when they push ppl into anothers area by force causing us citizens of earth to tap out all resources in 1 small local area untill we become primal and have no choice but to lower the local population. So they just pop up and conveniently have just the right weapon. Knowing the best weapon the knowledge to understand the biger picture….. Want the earths weight in Gold? Spend our time perfecting physics. Its going to b interesting when we have access to any amount of anything via space travel. Non-biased AI should and will govern humans unless we grow the FACT UP!

  8. I tried to fast forward to the point and couldn’t get to it. Worst ted talks ever on such and important topic

  9. How things have changed china will rule the world as a white person on the planet we are a minority race and we are the ones who will become extinct

  10. 11:04 The horribly insulting sign that Kevin refers to… Credit Jing Wu Men (Translated 'Fist of Fury') is a screenshot from the Bruce Lee classic film…Fist of Fury. One would have thought a former Australian Prime Minister, with such strong ties to China, might find a more credible source. Interestingly, I found nothing credible in google images. Found an interesting Anti-American trade song thats gone viral though….nice. 'Cry havoc, and let slip' the dogs of war.

  11. Another vision of dumb politician. Australian people, so so many of his visions. One of them was Darwin port, sells to China. Very bright politician, very intelligent.

  12. If you want to know the real truth of china, please come go off to see what it is, and don`t always believe the media. Often, you have been cheated all the time.

  13. As a Chinese who break out via VPN and see this lecture during the trade war, I do have to admit his perception of China is quite accurate.

  14. 300 billion $ for American Jews from Poland as WW II reparations ???? Mr. Trump – right direction is Berlin, Germany!!! Please, watch this short video: @

  15. Hong Kong is protesting the rule of laws that is chipping away by the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Just an point to be considered: When the internation community let CCP overrides the autonmy of the judiciary in HK and continue to attack the Rule of Law, there is no way any international business can stand not affected. Yi demonstrated how easily he changes his presidency to 20 years because the law changes according to a person. This is a protest is to protect the Rule of Law and the People who has a business in Hong Kong.

  16. If they were not then they are not in business. You do not expect USA to give in to its copy-cat that easily, or what?

  17. The lady with the thanks shirt is not aborigines… She's clearly white or mixed… Why is she the face of aborigines? "
    The first time a white fellow has ever kissed he since she was 70" 😂😂😂 the Fuckin arrogance

  18. Who cares what you think. You organised Christchurch massacre with Luke Cornish & Waleed Ali, to influence US Gun Laws so China doesn't have resistance when they arrive. You are moron, a stalker & a pervert. New Zealand are absolutely STUPID to have anything to do with you & you are the REASON God is leaving Australia to your own foolish devices. You are a misogynist & you are willing to destory women & their careers because they wont sleep with your friends or let your friends run a train on them. Maybe if I just layed down and let you do what you want, I wouldnt have the dramas I have now.

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  20. Who will win? I do not personally see this as any kind of war, but more of a move by our side to even out the playing field. What you say is true, China steals our technology and reproduces replicas A LOT CHEAPER by offering cheap cheap cheap labor!
    Many U.S. businesses have reduced their costs by outsourcing jobs to China or India as you know. Outsourcing has greatly added to U.S. massive unemployment rate (prior to Trump's policies to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.) as seen in our huge auto plants closing in Detroit and other cities, plus other industries have also moved out, like Nike who gave their manufacturing to China paying just .17 cents an hour for Chinese workers. U.S. manufacturing, as measured by the number of jobs, declined 34% between 1998 and 2010. As these industries declined, so has U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace. Nikes products were (albeit, some changes have been made since 2010) made in "sweatshops" where workers, many of them children, slaved away in hazardous conditions for below-subsistence wages. Nike's wealth was built upon the backs of the world's poor. Nike has become a symbol of the evils of globalization as a rich Western corporation exploiting the world's poor to provide expensive shoes and apparel to the pampered consumers of the developed world. Just my opinion.

  21. Kevin Rudd's is delusional if he believes China and the USA think the same way in terms of what is a fair trade agreement or a set of evolving agreements.

  22. Kevin; WWI failed to bring peace because of the allies arrogance of dominance and repression of the offenders. US didn't participate in the oppression of the enemies. WWII was a different story there US fought to stop the offenders Germany, Japan, and Italy but also fought to set up an international forum to insure none oppression. Rusia being the only nation that didn't abide and dominated Eastern Europe. Since WWII US has taken the brunt of stopping the Russian dominance. US dominance of West Germany and Japan was strict but their goal was to build their independence, not subjugate. Both countries kept their cultures and excelled from having open access to US and world markets. Americans fought and died in China to stop Japanese aggression, even before entering WWII. There is no Honor in China. They in turn then became a dominating force in southeast Asia, just a Rusia was in the west. These two nations have caused the death of more peoples than lost in WWII. Only the US, until it lost heart in saving others lives, tried to abate their evil dominance. Just as they are losing heart to stop the Muslim evil killing of weaker countries. Look now in Hong Kong! China cares nothing for their best interest. That is the difference between good and evil. Evil can never be trusted. I've traveled most of western Europe and have been to East Berlin. There is no question that Rusia's oppression was evil. I've lived in France, Germany & Japan; and saw a great amount of acceptance in Germany and Japan. Only Only in France did I see animosity, they had been brainwashed by DeGaul that we were and occupation force to keep them from becoming Socialist, but when Degaul asked us to leave, we left. US has had it's ugly Democrat party that from the start, Andrew Jackson, who took to Indian genocide and they have oppressed the Black slaves even after Republicans passed the 14 & 15 amendments.

  23. Democracy vs Communism. China's elites crave global power and that story is told just by observing trade practices alone.

  24. Kevin all your facts were based on Fantasia
    Fast forward to 2019
    The mother of all trade Wars
    They all agree to disagree

  25. the thing is the chinese civilization has been a tech. giant for milenia , and with great patience watching and waiting . is the west just a pawn?? marshall your forces for the battle that matters….su tsu

  26. No, you idiot. USA is called 美國 it's short for 亞美利堅共和國. America == 亞美利堅, 共和國 == United State.

  27. This stupid Trump is putting American people's investments, savings ans pensions at risk. He is going to bankrup America like he has done with many of his businesses.

  28. It's impossible to fulfill the idea dream! Look at Communist agenda how do they achieve their dream? They control their own people by tyranny acts because their hearts are full weakness of human nature.

  29. China is the biggest economy because it cheats on every one else ‼️‼️Kevin is On Chinese’s side ‼️ Chinese Agent

  30. PRIME MINISTER Kevin Rudd is one of Australia's Best LEADER'S
    ..and he was removed by his own party The LABOUR PARTY ..He didn't even serve a full term …

  31. The only TED talk I'm interested in, because they are usually so far behind reality..But………in 2019, no new wars under Trump. Can't wait for him and Boris Johnson to get together. Two brilliant minds that love a laugh.

  32. 世界有很多不同讯息汇集到一起,自己能够做到思考分辨、逻辑思维能力的人越来越少,都是被一种像壳一样的思维信息左右着,这种壳思维受影响于现实信息科技力量,把喜欢这类信息的人短时间集中壳内,让这类人惰性的接受信息。这样是致命考验。

  33. i voted for you and is still pissed off that you becoming our PM later got voted out by the party without our say. I thought democracy was pointless when that happened cause who i voted for was easily kicked out.

  34. Country Victoria on the NSW border by the Murray, mid-2000s, checking into hotel late at night; proprietor to me:
    "I am a good person. I'd help anyone. Even an aboriginal person."

  35. china is the largest economy THAT DOESN'T HOLD ANY OF THE COPYRIGHTS ON PRODUCTS THEY MAKE!!! hello morons the British became an empire cause they made their owns stuff, the US became a super power cause they mad their own stuff. The USSR never surpassed the US shadow cause they would copy everything the US did!

    china doesn't have a coalition to use against Europeans but historically Europeans have always came together during a crisis to attack non european powers!!! this notion that Poland or France is going to side with china during a world war is laughable

  36. get the book "Gold and Iron by Fritz Stern" they said the same nonsense in the 1910's that Germany and Russia were going to surpass France and the UK as the new world powers in art, science, economics and engineering but Germany was pounded into the ground 40 years later.

    the UK has the most advanced network or spys, Freemasons and secret societies. REAL power comes from controlling the MINDS OF THE PEOPLE across the world.

    China is trash compared to the power of Hollywood they weave their hypnotic spell across this planet with music and movies. it takes more than money and an army today to rule over this planet, you have to control how people perceive you as well and the US dominate in propaganda warfare!

  37. China is ripping the entire world, especially the poor countries, at the expense of an overly ambitious 2025 strategy. They are the greatest robbers and liars!

  38. Me, 2015: This will never happen
    … (thumbs down)

    Trade war, mid 2018: Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected

  39. OK now we know this guy was full of garbage … AND OUR TAXWS OAY FOR THIS GARBAGE. Did he say that china built its wealth on USA stolen cash and stolen technology…

  40. I’m sad to say that I don’t see any peace happening with Trump’s beat them up mentality as the US leader. He needs to go.

  41. What is hard to "comprehend" about Kevin Rudd's "butterflies and flowers" fantasy? He said nothing of substance. Only gave childish stories for children.

  42. This guy talked about apologizing the Aboriginal people but where is the apology from China after colonising their neighboring countries and killing millions.. this guy is delusional, thinking very positive of China talking about dream of the world, well China will wrap their "dream of dominating and ruling the world" nd packaged it as the dream of the world and sell to people like you!! Why didn't he talk about all the human rights abuse that is a part of Chinas routine and he's implying to embrace them?? By the time you realize it, it would be too late.. Tibetans know China better than most of you because of our long history of war and engagements and they can tell only one thing about China and that is – Never trust them!!

  43. It’s time for China imperialist leadership to free its own people and apologize to them. There is no fellowship between slave owners and the abolitionist. China must free it’s people before there can be any real alliance with the United States.

  44. Caucasians – China is becoming the most powerful economic country, how do we stop it so that we remaind the top dogs!?

  45. Yup & everyone is still worried about building a Wall.. Well China is taking over this whole country SMFH.. I see it does anyone else see this happening?

  46. Best prime Minister Australia ever had since the man with the bushy eyebrows. Sadly Australia stabbed him in the back.

  47. President Trump is working to undo the damage that the traitorous Clintons AND obamas did to the U.S.A. by $$$dealing$$$ with China. The first wanted to fill their bank account(s) and the latter wanted to weaken the U.S.A. so that his kind could make their move. See below:
    There's more — MUCH more, and that is why Donald J. Trump was elected "by-the-people."

  48. Trump knows Ronald and is using economic warfare against China the same as Ronald did with the U. S. S. R. Thus, this well educated con-artist enjoys stupidity.

  49. Kevin -commonly known in Australia as, " RUDD THE DUDD" all cliches and words of little substance. Thank goodness he was defeated by a woman, who turned out to be working for a criminal organisation. He will go down as the Prime Minister who overseen the home insulation scam -which unfortunately cost (4) young men their lives. A pure administration mistake from Rudd.

  50. Nothing lasts for ever…. not even galaxies, it's China's turn to rule the world, whether the west likes it or not…


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