Kevin Rudd on the Xi-Trump Summit

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On April 6, 2017 China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Palm Beach, Florida in the United States for a two-day summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. This will be the first chance for the two leaders to get to know one another face-to-face and try to craft a path forward for the bilateral relationship, which is characterized by cooperation in key areas, as well as by difficult economic and security challenges. Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) President Kevin Rudd provided analysis on U.S.-China relations leading up to the summit and will continue to do so until after the summit's conclusion on April 7. This is a compilation of his commentary.


Kevin Rudd in the Financial Times. April 5, 2017. 

Kevin Rudd explains how President Trump and President Xi can advance the U.S-China economic and security agenda at their first summit meeting. 

Media Interviews

Kevin Rudd interview with China Plus, April 3, 2017. 

Kevin Rudd is interviewed by CRI's New York correspondent Qian Shanming on how the U.S. and China can cooperate in an increasingly turbulent world. (7 min., 30 sec.)

Kevin Rudd on "Charlie Rose," April 4, 2017. 

Kevin Rudd discusses what will be on the mind of Xi Jinping and Donald Trump ahead of their summit meeting in Mar-a-Lago and provides an overview of the key issues at stake for the two countries. (20 min. 50 sec.)

Kevin Rudd quoted in The Washington Post, April 6, 2017. 

Rudd is quoted in a story about U.S.-China economic tensions and how Donald Trump is threatening to change U.S. policy to be similar to China's. 

Kevin Rudd on BBC World News, April 6, 2017

Rudd discusses how China and Xi will approach the first summit meeting with the Trump Administration. 

Kevin Rudd on CNBC's "Squawk Box," April 6, 2017. 

Rudd argues that, at Mar-a-Lago, the two leaders will want to get off on the right foot before they get on to the nuts and bolts of policy. (2 min., 12 sec.)

Rudd thinks that North Korea would pose a challenge for the U.S. and China, as they search for common ground on how to manage its nuclear program. (1 min., 56 sec.) 

Kevin Rudd on CNN's "Quest Means Business," April 6, 2017. 

Rudd further discusses prospects for the Xi-Trump summit, which is taking place in the midst of U.S.-China economic tensions and international crises in North Korea and Syria.

Kevin Rudd on BBC Radio 4, April 6, 2017. 

Rudd discusses the atmosphere of uncertainty surrounding the first meeting between Trump and Xi. (Starting at 48 min., 47 sec.)

Kevin Rudd on "Bloomberg Daybreak," April 7, 2017.

Rudd praises Donald Trump's air strikes against Syria and says that the unilateral attack would not "derail or complicate" the Xi-Trump summit. 

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