Does the leader of your country speak fluent Mandarin?

ON the weekend just past, Australia went to the polls to vote for who should form the federal government of our country. The result? Another member of the axis of fools (Blair, Bush, Howard & ...) has fallen by the way, presenting Australia with a new leader - Kevin Rudd.

Amongst the many articles being written about this outcome over the weekend, comes this blog entry - John Howard, Australia and the world. In the final paragraph it mentions something that could significantly change the way in which Australia interacts with Asia: the Primeminister elect of Australia speaks fluent Mandarin.

Of course, this isn't exactly news. In 2004, the ABC presented a profile of Kevin Rudd. How well does our Primeminister elect speak Chinese? There's a sample on youtube here.

What now for the future, hmm?

Comments:

Most country leaders in the world speak two or more languages fluently. It appears being able to play at global level is a prerequisite for any senior governmental positions.

I wonder how many senior governmental officials in US speak more than just English.

I have met few people from Australia embassy here. Their fluency at Mandarin is very impressive. Australia is one of the more successful countries doing business in China. This shows, partially, why.

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on November 25, 2007 at 02:05 PM PST #

Hurray for Australia in voting Penny Wong. This shows that Australia is becoming a very very tolerant & a cultural melting pot for the world

Posted by ping on December 04, 2007 at 09:03 PM PST #

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