I took an afternoon off from work to attend the 29th Singapore Lecture at the Ritz-Carlton, during which Kevin Rudd, the Australian Prime Minister delivered a keynote address.
I had a few questions to ask him, but unfortunately despite being one of the first to stand up in front of the mike, DPM Jayakumar, the lecture’s chairman, overlooked me.
Anyway some friends whom I bumped into there wanted to know what I was going to ask. So here goes…
My question relates to your proposed Asia Pacific Community, which would include ASEAN, East Asia, India, Australia and the US. I think this is an important idea for people in our region to discuss. But as you know, good ideas don’t always get off the ground.
Your idea has received a rather frosty reaction from ASEAN. How do you plan to push through your idea while allaying the fears that this is an Australian-led initiative that might end up sidelining ASEAN?
If the APC were to be centered around ASEAN, just like the East Asia Summit is now, would you support it as strongly as you do now?
What has the reaction to your idea been like in Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, New Delhi and Washington?
If anyone has an insider’s answer to my questions, do let me know!