April 12th 2008

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Red Star over Canberra

EDITORIAL: Behind the bid for UN Security Council seat

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd's ideas summit looms

BIOFUELS: Ethanol doesn't have to compete with food

QUARANTINE: AQIS blamed for equine influenza outbreak

FINANCE: Right and wrong way to tackle financial crisis

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The American elections / Rudd's honesty / Conservative blues / NATO's fastidious peace-keeping

TAIWAN: KMT victory paves way for improved China ties

EUROPE: The Dutch disease - how low can you go?

BIOETHICS: Man - a vanishing species?

OPINION: Twilight of the British Raj

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Beijing's one-child policy a demographic powder-keg / A nation of dunces? / Fragility of the affluent society

High cost of foregoing trade deal (letter)

Finlandisation? (letter)

News Weekly's stand on global-warming (letter)

Earth Hour a silly idea (letter)

BOOKS: THE LITERACY WARS: teaching children to read and write in Australia by Ilana Snyder

BOOKS: ORIGINS: An Atlas of Human Migration edited by Russell King

Books promotion page

Finlandisation? (letter)

by Paul Jeffery

News Weekly, April 12, 2008

Where is Prime Minister Kevin Rudd taking Australia by marginalising our relationships with Japan and India? Is it benign neglect or a strategic misadventure?

Whatever it is, it doesn't feel good. Overtly dismissing the importance of these relationships will rebound on us unless Rudd changes tack.

We need India and Japan more than they need us. Strategically and economically they can out-muscle us, out-spend us, then cast us aside.

They are at a point in their development where, if they wish, they can convince "others" what we can buy militarily.

The great powers of China, India and Japan are so cash-rich, they can use surrogates to create all manner of diversions and pressure, such as "diplomatic incidents", price collusion, product-dumping and changes to customs standards.

Being a victim of Finlandisation from the great powers to our north is not a future I want for Australia.

Paul Jeffery,
Beenleigh, Qld

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