Kevin Rudd, who was forced out as Australia’s prime minister in 2010 by Julia Gillard is prime minister again after doing the same to his opponent, taking the control of the Labor Party and forcing her out of the government. He was sworn in Thursday morning in Camberra and now has to face parliamentary elections in September that will decide if he would stay in power or not.
Julia Gillard announced she will retire from politics.
China has received well the news despite old differences with the prime minister in his first term. In a commentary by the official news agency Xinhua Ming Jinwei says that
“Rudd, one of the few leaders of major Western countries who can speak fluent Chinese, has a sizable fan base on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging service. By Thursday, the number of his followers has exceeded 370,000”.
The columnist says also that
“Despite the apparent cultural bond, China-Australia relations did not go all that well when Ruddy as Australian prime minister between December 2007 and June 2010. Many Chinese still remember his sometime harsh criticism of China.
But things do change. In Rudd’s case, he has become a maturer and more seasoned leader since his humiliating defeat in a power struggle with outgoing Prime Minister Julia Gillard within Labor Party in 2010.
Meanwhile, the China-Australia relationship has also evolved in the past few years. Thanks to years of efforts, Australia has become better adapted to its unique role as both a staunch security ally of the United States and an important economic partner of China.
Gillard should be lauded for her continuous efforts to build a strong and dynamic relationship between Australia and China.
It is worth noting that Rudd takes over a government that has clearly said Australia and China, despite their different political systems, are partners instead of adversaries”.
A piece of advice among a few good words for the new Australian Prime Minister.