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The Future of Asia 2022

Australia's Rudd: Don't 'lecture' Pacific islands on China

Former PM urges West to offer different, better development options

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addresses Nikkei's Future of Asia conference on May 27. (Photo by Suzu Takahashi) 

TOKYO -- In the face of China's increasing clout in the Asia-Pacific region, other countries should seek better engagement rather than lecturing small island states, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd argued on Friday.

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