It is not too much of an exaggeration to suggest that, despite some personal foibles, Mr Rudd represents in many respects a reincarnation of Winston Churchill in the region. More than any other Asian leader, in the past decade he has provided a clear and resonant strategic framework for integrating and engaging (and, when necessary, confronting) a rising China...Not since Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew during the Vietnam war has a leader had a bigger behind-the-scenes impact on American thinking on Asia than Mr Rudd.