Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd, a former prime minister of Australia, is president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, New York.

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Opinion | How to keep US-China rivalry from starting a nuclear arms race

With US-China tensions threatening to undermine strategic nuclear stability, talks are urgently needed. Even if the relationship is destined for mutual suspicion, establishing strategic transparency is still possible.

With US-China tensions threatening to undermine strategic nuclear stability, talks are urgently needed. Even if the relationship is destined for mutual suspicion, establishing strategic transparency is still possible.

19 Dec 2021 - 1:30AM
Opinion | Climate change: the ball is in China’s court to do more on emissions cuts

In many ways, the fate of the Paris Agreement rests on the decisions China will take this decade. Actions such as enhancing its Paris targets and ending the financing of coal power are in China’s interests – it just has to recognise it.

In many ways, the fate of the Paris Agreement rests on the decisions China will take this decade. Actions such as enhancing its Paris targets and ending the financing of coal power are in China’s interests – it just has to recognise it.

7 May 2021 - 4:08AM
Opinion | Biden should prioritise reversing Trump’s blanket ban on Chinese and other foreign students

Trump administration policies have inflicted enormous harm on America’s universities, economy and global standing. While every government has the right to screen out any foreign students, to continue with sweeping bans is nuts.

Trump administration policies have inflicted enormous harm on America’s universities, economy and global standing. While every government has the right to screen out any foreign students, to continue with sweeping bans is nuts.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:25AM
Opinion | For the G20 to overcome Covid-19’s global health and economic challenges, four things must happen

The G20 must convene soon after Joe Biden takes office, coordinate the global responses on vaccine roll-out and stimulus, drive economic governance reform, and refresh its commitment to combat climate change.

The G20 must convene soon after Joe Biden takes office, coordinate the global responses on vaccine roll-out and stimulus, drive economic governance reform, and refresh its commitment to combat climate change.

21 Nov 2020 - 8:45AM
Opinion | Can we believe China will reform its economy this time, given the empty promises of the past?

The government cannot pursue stimulus like it did in 2008 as piling on more debt would aggravate the risks to the economy. Significant economic reforms are needed to level the global playing field and prevent many foreign players from packing up and leaving China.

The government cannot pursue stimulus like it did in 2008 as piling on more debt would aggravate the risks to the economy. Significant economic reforms are needed to level the global playing field and prevent many foreign players from packing up and leaving China.

23 Jun 2020 - 1:48AM
Opinion | China can show the world what a green economic recovery looks like

China is banking on infrastructure to build its way to recovery. How it does so will decide whether it forges a green revival or a carbon-intensive future. Beijing has a chance to show it can be a responsible environmental steward.

China is banking on infrastructure to build its way to recovery. How it does so will decide whether it forges a green revival or a carbon-intensive future. Beijing has a chance to show it can be a responsible environmental steward.

18 May 2020 - 9:51AM
Opinion | The coronavirus and financial contagions demand a joint response. Can China and the US deliver?

As the public health crisis spreads to global markets, recovery will depend on two factors: whether China seizes the chance to pursue economic reform, and whether the US and other major economies take coordinated action, like in 2008.

As the public health crisis spreads to global markets, recovery will depend on two factors: whether China seizes the chance to pursue economic reform, and whether the US and other major economies take coordinated action, like in 2008.

19 Mar 2020 - 3:53PM
Opinion | China and the US have perhaps their last chance to end the trade war. Otherwise, get ready for global economic turmoil

Both countries claim the other is hurting more, but both clearly have an interest in ending the trade war by 2020. If they fail, nationalist sentiment may make a resolution impossible, which would have stark consequences for everyone.

Both countries claim the other is hurting more, but both clearly have an interest in ending the trade war by 2020. If they fail, nationalist sentiment may make a resolution impossible, which would have stark consequences for everyone.

9 Oct 2019 - 4:22AM
Opinion | China’s great policy correction – opening up the economy again, and finding a suitable narrative for it

Reformers see an opportunity in the US trade war tensions to push for a reboot of domestic market reforms. There are precedents for such course corrections: famously, Deng Xiaoping got reform back on track during his southern tour.

Reformers see an opportunity in the US trade war tensions to push for a reboot of domestic market reforms. There are precedents for such course corrections: famously, Deng Xiaoping got reform back on track during his southern tour.

18 Dec 2018 - 6:15AM
Six steps to stop a war between North Korea and the US from starting

A binding agreement with concessions by both the US and North Korea can prevent hostilities that might result in catastrophic conflict.

A binding agreement with concessions by both the US and North Korea can prevent hostilities that might result in catastrophic conflict.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Economic integration won’t shield Asia from war, but a truly pan-Asian security grouping might

The region badly needs a security forum that links all relevant players, to help stop disagreements reaching a crisis point. The East Asia Summit can be expanded and strengthened to play this role

The region badly needs a security forum that links all relevant players, to help stop disagreements reaching a crisis point. The East Asia Summit can be expanded and strengthened to play this role

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM