• Hannah Phillips

Kevin Rudd v Malcolm Turnbull

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken to Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site, to launch a splenetic criticism of Malcolm Turnbull’s “paranoid and all over the place” policies towards Beijing and to ruminate about other Chinese matters.

Mr Rudd’s animosity towards Mr Turnbull goes back years: the two most recently clashed in 2016 when the latter refused to nominate the Ruddster for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations.

One recent post included a snap of Mr Rudd poring over a copy of President Xi Jinping’s speech to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China last year, Chinese characters clearly in evidence.

Some people were unimpressed including Kevin Carrico, a lecturer in Chinese Studies at Macquarie University, who observed that “I found it puzzling because I don’t know what he could be intending to convey with an image like that. I think everyone will find it a little odd.”

Even the Chinese people, Dr Carrico added. “It just seems so horribly artificial and fake that I think almost anyone could see through that.”