Asian Democracy and Australia: No Gold Pass to a trouble-free future
by Greg SheridanIn the latest Asialink Essay, released as Australia’s Ambassador to China returns to Canberra for high-level talks on the vital China-Australia relationship, Greg Sheridan, foreign editor for The Australian, says democracy in Asia is not a gold pass to a trouble free future for Australia. Both democracy and dictatorship in Asia throw up challenges, and Australia must relate intelligently in both cases. But one lesson is clear, he says, from the recent Rubiya Kadeer episode: that consideration for Asian relationships will not compromise Australia’s own democratic and pluralist culture.
Media Coverage: "Asian democracy and Australia", Greg Sheridan, The Australian, Saturday 22 August 2009
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