THE DISTILLERY: Asian angles

The commentariat offers a comprehensive first take on the broad economic and political implications of the Asian Century.

At long last, the Gillard government has unveiled its white paper, Australia in the Asian Century. The paper lists 25 objectives for Australia to achieve by 2025 in the context of increased engagement with our growing Asian neighbours. While the complexity of the document and its implications will be poured over for weeks, if not months, this morning some business commentators have offered their initial impressions on this crucial government document, as well as its political backstory and its economic implications.

Fairfax’s Daniel Flitton makes the astute observation that the very same day that the government unveils the white paper Australia in an Asian Century, a terrorist plot near our embassy in Jakarta and another boat of asylum seekers has arrived.

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