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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wikileaks Document Spills Beans on Rudd's View of China

Another document unveiled by Wikileaks. This one shows the contents of a talk between the Australian Prime Minister and the U.S. Secretary of State last year. Here's more from our correspondent.

A U.S. diplomatic cable from March 2009 made public by Wikileaks has revealed details of a meeting between Australia's then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

It took place at a White House luncheon where Rudd and Clinton exchanged views on China's political power and its influence on both nations.

The document revealed Rudd saying he's a, quote, "brutal realist" when it comes to China.

He also said Chinese leaders are, quote, "paranoid" about Taiwan and Tibet—and are using a hard-line approach to Tibet to set an example for other ethnic minorities.

The leaked cable also revealed Rudd's vision to integrate China into the international community—while preparing to deploy force against China if things go wrong.

In a recent press conference, though Rudd didn't deny the leaks, he said world diplomacy should be confidential.

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