Author: charles koon
Date: 05-14-12 18:51
Mr. Carr, a former Premier of state of NSW, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with honours in history. He knows how to put history to good use. This fact can be seen from an article in:
From the article, we can also see what a person his predesesor in Foreign Affairs and Australian Prime Minister is.
May 14, 2012
THE Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, has stressed the importance of closer ties with China as he seeks to position Australia at the "epicentre" of China's re-emergence as a world power.
Senator Carr will float the possibility of establishing a high-level dialogue or regular consultation between the two nations when he meets with his Chinese counterpart, the Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, in Beijing today. He will also raise the idea when he meets the Vice-Premier, Li Keqiang, tomorrow but recognised Australia was just one of many countries competing for China's attention.
"That's why we're here, that's why there have been 44 ministerial visits since 2007," he said. "Without a doubt it's a very important relationship. The re-emergence of China is a world-shaking phenomenon.
"And Australia is able to position itself close to the epicentre.''
China experts, including the Lowy Institute's east Asia program director, Linda Jakobson, have pointed to a period of strained Australia-China ties stemming from the former prime minister and foreign affairs minister Kevin Rudd's time at the helm.
While Mr Rudd's Mandarin skills made him popular with the Chinese media and public, he ruffled feathers within the leadership by openly criticising its human rights record during a 2008 visit and via a tirade against a Chinese delegation to the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.
Canberra's decisions to allow a US military presence in Darwin and to ban a Chinese company from bidding on the national broadband network due to national security issues have also raised concerns. But Senator Carr, on his first visit to China since replacing Mr Rudd in March, said relations remained strong. "I think you can get fluctuations within a band of robust good relations," he said.
China's central bank lowered its capital reserve ratios for commercial lenders for the second time this year on Saturday, after worrying economic figures pointed to a sharp slowdown in growth.
But Senator Carr, who met with a number of China-based Australian business leaders in Shanghai on Saturday, said he remained confident in China's economic growth.
"For 20 years people have predicted a decisive slowing in Chinese growth but it hasn't happened and in view of this we are well advised to keep betting on Chinese growth, but obviously at levels more reflective of a more mature economy," he said.
He said regular talks with China would help promote understanding and co-operation between the two nations.
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