Rudd to study Xi at Ox­ford

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

KEVIN Rudd — twice Aus­tralia’s prime min­is­ter — has en­rolled to study at Bri­tain’s Ox­ford Univer­sity.

The for­mer La­bor PM, now the pres­i­dent of the New York-based think tank the Asia So­ci­ety, has be­gun a DPhil — the Ox­ford equiv­a­lent of a PhD. Mr Rudd said he would be at Ox­ford’s China Cen­tre for the next month re­search­ing a project on Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s world view.

No­to­ri­ous for his colour­ful lan­guage, Mr Rudd re­cently re­ferred to Pres­i­dent Xi as “a se­ri­ous hard arse”.

“Given the . . . con­tin­ued con­sol­i­da­tion of Xi’s power, I think this will be­come an im­por­tant ques­tion for all our fu­tures,” Mr Rudd said. “One day I might even earn a DPhil out of it as well. If I do, I sus­pect it will be many, many, many years (away).”

Mr Rudd said his No.1 pri­or­ity re­mained his job in New York, which was “turn­ing into a great in­sti­tu­tion”.

Mr Rudd, 60, left pol­i­tics af­ter lead­ing La­bor to de­feat at the 2013 elec­tion.

He later tried to nom­i­nate for UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral but failed to win the sup­port of the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said he did not be­lieve Mr Rudd was suitable.

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