Dec. 5 (The Australian): In leaked foreign cables, the then prime minister and now foreign minister Mr. Kevin Rudd said he argued in Beijing for a “small a” autonomy deal for Tibet.
Mr Rudd goes on to describe himself as a “brutal realist” on the issue of China. The cable also reveals Mr Rudd had suggested to Chinese leaders they consider “a small ‘a’ autonomy deal with the Dalai Lama”. Mr Rudd said such a proposal would have “little prospect of success”, but counselled: “The best chance would be if someone of the Secretary’s stature had ‘a quiet conversation’ with the Politburo Standing Committee member responsible for Tibet…”
Elsewhere Mr Rudd said China was “paranoid” on the question of Tibet and Taiwan.
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