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    Question landing all the punches =?

    Fighting talk, at last, from Rio Tinto. Sam Walsh, chief executive of the iron ore division, has described reports of bribery by employees as “wholly without foundation”. Almost a fortnight after its head of iron ore in China was detained, along with three colleagues, it was high time for a tougher line from the miner.
    Kevin Rudd, Australian prime minister, had been landing all the punches; it is wise for him to take a step back, following Beijing's warning to Canberra to keep out of its affairs.
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    landing all the punches =?

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    Re: landing all the punches =?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Rio Tinto vs China - FT??? - FTChinese.com

    landing all the punches =?

    Thank you!
    It's a metaphor from boxing. When you punch someone, you intend to 'land' the punch, ie. to hit the person hard and exactly where you intended to hit him.
    It is certainly strange that someone is saying that Kevin Rudd is landing his punches over this affair, since he's hardly thrown any. Australians generally believe Rudd could be a bit more active in seeking some transparency in the detention of this Australian iron ore negotiator for 'spying'.

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    Re: landing all the punches =?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's a metaphor from boxing. When you punch someone, you intend to 'land' the punch, ie. to hit the person hard and exactly where you intended to hit him.
    It is certainly strange that someone is saying that Kevin Rudd is landing his punches over this affair, since he's hardly thrown any. Australians generally believe Rudd could be a bit more active in seeking some transparency in the detention of this Australian iron ore negotiator for 'spying'.

    Thank you for your reply.

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