Picking the PM: If China could choose

Kevin Rudd's return will be welcomed by the US but he brings baggage to the relationship with China. Would foreign policy neophyte Tony Abbott fare better with Beijing?

Foreign policy rarely rates as an election defining issue, unless one includes asylum seekers arriving on our shores. Even so, those in the business community would want to know how the two prime ministerial candidates would fare in the relationship with China. In reality, neither have vastly differing ideas about how best to manage the bilateral relationship. The more important distinction is in their temperament and style of leadership.


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