Not all Asian states are thrilled by the Prime Minister's plans for an Asia-Pacific community
KEVIN Rudd has unleashed a debate about Asia's future that cannot be controlled by any single leader and that has provoked a mixture of support, trauma and resistance across the region, raising risks and opportunities forAustralia.
Rudd's ambitious project to create what he calls an Asia-Pacific community has reached a strange halfway house: it has too much momentum to die but too little consensus to bloom. In Asia it is defining Rudd as an activist and pushy leader.
Rudd's plan is beginning to rock the foundations of Asian orthodoxy with an array of predictable and unpredictable consequences.
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