Wednesday 22 Aug 2018 | 00:35 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 22 Aug 2018 | 00:35 | SYDNEY

Things I have changed my mind about this year


Malcolm Cook

14 December 2009 14:53

They fall into two categories: one I was wrong about and one that surprises me.

Wrong: I thought the GFC would have a greater impact on the PRC and its hybrid economy. It now looks like Beijing will actually do as it promised its subjects – keep the GDP growth rate for 2009 at or above 8%. Congrats to the PRC and boo to me. Shows I should read more carefully the the publications that I edited for my own Lowy Institute program.

Surprised:  I am surprised how few foreign leaders visited Australia in 2009 (or, for that matter, since the first change of government in Australia since 1996), especially from the major regional powers that so exercise the Government when it comes to the APc and the Defence White Paper.

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