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Reader riposte: Rudd and ASEAN

29 April 2010 12:13

Alison Broinowski writes:

If we didn't have Graeme Dobell, many in Australia would not understand the dots, let alone join them, about the East Asia Community/Asia Pacific community fracas and its predictable conclusion. Thanks to him for deciphering the Prime Minister's backdown at the Hanoi Summit. Those who remember Paul Kelly's report in The Australian of 20/21 January 2008 will know that Mr Rudd said then that his only non-option was abandoning the APc initiative. But it was clear even then that he would have to: the only question was when. So what's the result?

We have gained nothing from two years of promoting an idea whose main purpose was to drive an Australian Trojan horse into the region, with Americans concealed inside. We have shown ourselves to be ignorant of what leaders in the region want and how they ensure that they get it, and dismissive of their determination to decide who is in regional organisations and who is not. We have opened up the prospect of the US and Russia joining the EAC, and so diluting much of the influence we might have had. We may well have damaged our prospects for election to the Security Council.

When are Australian governments going to get over trying to keep the United States, with its forces and bases and nuclear weapons, involved in East Asia in the hope of their defending us?