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In Australia, It's Rudd vs. Gillard, Part II

Will Australia's Kevin Rudd have the last laugh? (Alan Porritt/Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

Even veteran MPs, who regularly slug it out in Australia’s parliament, are taken aback by Kevin Rudd’s dramatic comeback campaign, writes Geoff Spencer.

Gallup: Americans Like China Less Now Than They Did a Year Ago

(Flickr/Brent Finnegan)
Lifestyle

Several Asian nations held up the rear of a Gallup poll released yesterday measuring Americans' favorability toward foreign countries.

Photo (and Video) of the Day: Australia Day Showdown and India Republic Day Stunt

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Australia Day ended up in a showdown between the prime minister and Aboriginal protestors. In India, Republic Day was celebrated with a show of its military might and cultural diversity.

Lunar New Year Celebrations Around World Usher in Year of the Dragon [Photos]

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We collected our favorite images from across the globe. Happy New Year!

Video: Rudd Sees 'Real Constituency for Change' in Burma

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at Asia Society in New York on January 13, 2012. (Asia Society/Bill Swersey)
Policy

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says "until we have evidence that it's going to slide in the other direction" foreign nations need to open up to Burma.

Kevin Rudd on Australia's Unique Role in U.S.-China Relations [Gallery/Video]

Policy

In a wide-ranging speech, peppered with Mandarin phrases, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd touched on history and culture as much as contemporary politics to propose a new "rules-based" way for Asia to accommodate Sino-U.S. rivalries. He calls it "Pax Pacifica."

Mandarin Face-Off: Huntsman vs. Rudd

Kevin Rudd, Australia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. (Jan Kuczerawy/Asia Society)
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You know learning Mandarin is fashionable when it has become the selling point of a presidential campaign. Indeed, perhaps the most telling sign of China's prominence is the role that Jon Huntsman's Mandarin skills have played in his public persona. Huntsman's television appearances frequently include a snippet showing off his Chinese skills.

Kevin Rudd and Australia's Role in the 'Asia Pacific Century'

Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister of Australia. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Australia's foreign minister is speaking at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, January 11, 2012. Whether or not most Australians identify themselves as "Asian," the country's future is directly tied to its neighbors to the north, writes Andrew Billo.

Obama's Military Commitment in East Asia Fraught With Risk

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (C) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks on the Defense Strategic Review at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Also pictured is Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L). President Obama vowed Thursday that the U.S. military would maintain its
Policy

The U.S. now needs to manage its Asian alliances carefully, so as not to provoke China in particularly volatile areas like the South China Sea, writes Andrew Billo.

Climate Change, Maids and Refugees: Asian Migration in 2011

Migrant construction workers outside of Bangkok, Thailand. (Flickr/Ronn aka
Policy

In the Asia-Pacific region, large-scale migration continues to be an upwardly trending phenomenon and, sadly, migrant vulnerability and exploitation is glaringly apparent, writes Andrew Billo.