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Title:
– Gillard v Nth Korea –
– Gillard off to China to fix the problem –
– talk about an overreach –

| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 3rd Apr 2013 |
There is one thing the Chinese are good out – freezing women out of the loop.   Gillard’s foreign policy experience extends to a visit to a royal wedding, bungee jumping with Obama at some G20 conferences.  Along the way she batting her eyelids at all the powerful men surrounding her during photo shoots, and had them drool over her misogyny speech, all the while trying to not embarrass herself over what she does not know about foreign policy.

Well – the Nth Korea situation has escalated beyond idle threats – Nth Korea has made a claim that it intends to wipe the very existence of the USA from world history.   Many Nations are taking the threats seriously.  The unpredictable Nth Koreans are known to carry out their threats when faced with a humiliation back-down as the only other alternative.

Former PM and Foreign Minister, and by far the best FM we’ve had in a very long time Kevin Rudd started rattling China’s cage a week or so ago telling them they had better intercede to quell Nth Korea’s sabre rattling.

Gillard’s China trip has been on the agenda for some time and she comes out today telling us that she is taking the most serious of delegations with her to China to fix the Nth Korean situation.  Read the story below:

Gillard to raise North Korea threat with Chinese leaders


| National Affairs | Date: Apr 3rd, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will personally raise the issue of North Korea’s latest threats in discussions with China’s leaders.

Ms Gillard heads off to China later this week for a six-day visit to discuss investment, trade and security matters.

Concerns over North Korea, which has issued a series of increasingly bellicose threats against South Korea and the United States in recent days, will also be discussed.

Ms Gillard welcomed the fact that China was enforcing UN sanctions against North Korea.

”But of course this threat to peace and stability in our region will be the subject of discussions that I will do personally,” she told ABC TV on Wednesday.

The prime minister said she was taking the ”most high-powered delegation” to China that Australia had ever sent.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Trade Minister Craig Emerson are among those in the delegation.

Australia already has in place significant sanctions on North Korea and is considering imposing more stringent measures.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Kevin Rudd has applauded growing criticism in China of ally North Korea and called for US-China talks over the Korean peninsula’s tensions.

Mr Rudd, who speaks Mandarin, says that North Korea “has gone from being a private debate to a very public debate” inside China since the latest crisis began several months ago.

“I’m surprised by how sort-of out there people are at the moment, ranging from, ‘Let’s dump North Korea as an ally’ to ‘How do we work with the South Koreans to exercise restraint?”‘ Mr Rudd said on a visit to Washington.

“This is a very good thing from my perspective because it’s no longer regarded as simply a foundational element of Chinese foreign and security policy, that it’s North Korea right or wrong,” Mr Rudd said.

Mr Rudd, speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that China’s communist leadership has increasingly moderated its tone after decades of strident opposition to foreign interference in nations’ affairs.

“China wants to be respected in the world – not just being a big great power but being a respected great power. This has sunk into the Chinese foreign policy psychology,” Mr Rudd said.

Isolated North Korea relies on China as its main political and economic supporter, leading US lawmakers in recent years to criticise Beijing sharply over Pyongyang’s actions.

China showed annoyance after North Korea defied warnings and conducted a nuclear test in February.

China joined a UN resolution on economic sanctions, as North Korea faced sharp criticism in the Chinese blogosphere for its insolence.

Mr Rudd said that the United States should reach out to China’s new President Xi Jinping on contingency planning over North Korea, saying that such cooperation could ease mistrust between the two Pacific giants.

“Escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula may in fact require a new level of strategic discourse in the US-China relationship sooner rather than later,” Mr Rudd said.

Mr Rudd was visiting Washington following high-level talks in Beijing and Seoul on a trip he started shortly after declining to challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the latest leadership tussle in Australia’s Labor Party.

‘High Powered’ delegation indeed – herself and Bill Shorten … come on there like two butterfly’s trapped in a museum bottle when it comes to Foreign policy knowledge and diplomacy.

This story marginalises and damages Gillard and her Leadership.  It leaves the impression that Mr Rudd is and has been the go-between between China and the USA on Nth Korea – I would not be surprised that Gillard sees it that way as well.   It weakens Gillard no-end.

The PM released her own Press Conference speech and it is linked and pasted below:

Link to PM’s speech

Prime Minister and Senior Ministers to Visit China

SUN 31 MARCH 2013, Prime Minister, Canberra.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will lead the most senior Australian political delegation ever to visit China during a bilateral visit from 5 to 10 April 2013.

The Prime Minister will participate in the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, an important annual gathering of Asian political and business leaders, and will meet China’s new President and Premier.

The visit will be Ms Gillard’s second to China as Prime Minister.

She will be accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, and the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Dr Craig Emerson, who is responsible for Asian Century Policy, Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

The Prime Minister will also be joined by the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, who is leading a superannuation and financial services delegation to China.

The Gillard Government is committed, as outlined in the Australia in the Asia Century White Paper, to a stronger and more comprehensive relationship with China.

During her visit, the Prime Minister will promote Australia’s rapidly growing trade, investment, education, research and people-to-people links with China.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner with two-way goods and services trade worth $128 billion in 2011-12.

China is also Australia’s largest source of overseas students, with around 150,000 enrolments in 2012, and the second largest source of overseas visitors, with more than 626,000 arrivals in 2012.

The Prime Minister will meet President Xi Jinping at the Bo’ao Forum and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing to discuss how the two countries can strengthen this vital and growing relationship.

She will also discuss a range of common interests, including cooperation in the G20, East Asia Summit, APEC and the United Nations Security Council, climate change, and Asian security issues.

At the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, Ms Gillard will meet other international leaders, address the plenary session and discuss trade and investment issues with senior Australian and Chinese figures.

The Prime Minister will visit Shanghai to advance Australia’s interest in closer engagement with China in the banking and finance sector.

In Shanghai, Ms Gillard will also address one of China’s top leadership academies, the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong.

In Beijing, the Prime Minister will engage with the Australia-China CEO Roundtable, the premier business forum between the two countries, and deliver a keynote address at an event hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce.

How can you stack Gillard’s agenda outlined above up against what Rudd has done in recent weeks re Nth Korea and China’s influence in the region?   She does not even mention Nth Korea!

Taking Bill Shorten with her – why not the Foreign Minister Bob Carr?

Since the phantom spill 10 days ago, it is widely rumoured that Carr and Gillard have not spoken. There is trouble in paradise and given the threat language coming out of Nth Korea – it is more than surprising Gillard did not mention Nth Korea directly in her press conference.

Remember this PM has her finger on the War footing of this Nation, she is responsible for military decisions – how it has come to this is indeed something to ponder and ask what needs to be done to fix the problem.

How many more soldiers will die because Gillard does not have the balls to end the Afghanistan occupation.   Yes the withdrawal is happening, but what will have been achieved once the ‘coalition of the willing’ has deserted their charter and left?

China don’t respect Gillard and never will.

The most revealing matter this trip reveals is the widening gap between Carr and Gillard, and with such an important trading partner at the other end of this overseas trip, Gillard demonstrates how thin bare her loyal Ministers are.


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Gillard’s Government is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters represented by 150 MP’s – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of these 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail, a fax, a phone call, or a letter from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

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GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message to as many and as often as you can – bombard the Caucus Members with a message so clear and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.

You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

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  1. April 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Sky News story on Rudd’s China Nth Korea involvement – linked here

  2. April 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    The Daily Telegraph story on Rudd’s involvement – …linked here

  3. April 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Apparently Carr and Emerson will be joining Gillard on her trip to China … how past squeeze’s Emerson and Shorten will fare with current squeeze, McTernan over sleeping arrangements with the PM will be very interesting.

    Of course Carr will be on the outer …

  4. April 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Very very sadly, this issue is one which demands bi partisan support.

    On internal micro economic issues, this government has failed us badly. This has compounded in a massive structural deficit, where excessive pain will be inflicted to reverse and fix.

    That said on international diplomacy, I can only pray that all elements of detente and peace keeping bear fruit. There might be a case for Abbott and Bishop to be fully kept in the information circle in this scenario, but to all of our energies trying to find diplomatic solutions to these ugly threats most simply “god speed”.

    I try to believe what has been reported is nothing more than a young dictator trying to consolidate his position internally, because we simply don’t understand DPRK or their politics.

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