Kevin Rudd, April 2005, on emerging nations:
And our view is that if we have such strong economic relationships with the emerging economies of China and Japan, that frankly we should be in there as well. Remember, our whole future is going to be shaped by this region with the emerging economies of India, China, Japan and others.
He thinks Japan is an emerging economy? Does Rudd imagine all those adorable little Toyota Priuses are made by third-world artisans carving nickel metal hydride battery packs from driftwood? No wonder he believes it so easy for Australian manufacturers to build hybrids. Someone must have wised him up, because lately Kevin isn’t so hot for Japan:
Japanese officials are incensed that the Mandarin-speaking Mr Rudd appears to be favouring Beijing, but has virtually ignored Japan since taking office four months ago …
(Via Chris P.)