"What is happening in China is without precedence in world history. Never before have we seen a billion-and-a-quarter people lifting themselves out at such a pace. While the 20th century was the century of the Americans, the chances are the 21st century will be the century of Asia and we will see for the first time an eclipse of American economic power."
We [should] maintain our alliance structure with the US, but essentially make our own luck. We should go to these places not as some kind of vicar of empire, or deputy of the United States, or borrowing the monarchy of another country, rather as a nation confident in ourselves . . .And that's not falling in love with every American administration. It's about fundamentally having a number of relationships at once. It's a bit promiscuous, I know." - Paul Keating (1944 - ), speech 2003