At a time when people in the Middle East are making moves to steer the region towards democracy, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today said that the world admired India’s example as a true democracy.
“Momentous as the changes in the Middle East are, I believe it is in the Asia-Pacific where the global order is changing the most. We admire India’s example as a true democracy,” Gillard said in her address to the joint session of the US Congress.
“We never forget Indonesia’s transition to create the world’s third-largest democracy in the world’s largest Islamic country. We applaud China’s lifting some 500 million people out of poverty. The centre of global strategic and economic weight is shifting to this region. The rise of the Asia-Pacific will define our times,” she said.