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Episode Description

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – who is also the current President of the Asia Society Policy Institute – sits down with Kurt and Rich to discuss his distinguished career in Australian politics, the changing dynamics at play in the Australia-U.S. bilateral relationship, and the rise of China as an Asia-Pacific power. From his humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Queensland, Prime Minister Rudd explains how his mother and literature got him interested in the foreign service – and China in particular – and what drove him to ultimately get involved in public service. Moreover, as one of only a handful of foreign leaders to ever be able to converse with Chinese leaders in Chinese, Prime Minister Rudd remains uniquely suited to breaking down the rise of China and what it means for Australia, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region.

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