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Reader riposte: Rudd's EAS triumph



2 August 2010 09:20

Geoff Miller, former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, writes:

I was glad to see the reference in Graeme Dobell's blog (Asia: the biggest trend of all) of 30 July to the United States having been admitted to the East Asian Summit. Having the US join the East Asians in a summit level meeting not restricted in the subjects it can discuss was the central drive behind Kevin Rudd's campaign for an Asia-Pacific community. He said it might take until 2020 to bring this about. It has now come about, ten years early, but this, and his, success has hardly been reported, let alone remarked upon, in Australia.

This is truly extraordinary, given the amount of attention the concept was given earlier, and the number of predictions that it would lead to nothing. Of course Rudd's concept and his advocacy of it did not bring about the United States' admission to the EAS on their own; but they certainly contributed to it, and it is the outcome to which he attached most importance.

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