ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES: The recent ice-breaking visit of the top Communist Party official of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Washington triggered a worldwide media flurry of so-called ‘expert’ commentary. Nguyen Phu Trong was the first general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party to visit the United States and the White House, and was given the rare honor of an Oval Office meeting — usually reserved for heads of state and government. Among the commentators was Prof. Tom Plate, proud founder of our Asia Media International who is LMU/LA’s Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies and the author of the well reviewed “In the Middle of the Future: Tom Plate on Asia.’ The professor’s commentary originated with Bloomberg Television and was then picked up and posted by, among others, USA TODAY and the daily newspaper Thanh Nien Daily in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Here are the urls of the ten-minute interview conducted by Bloomberg Business’ Rishaad Salamat (pictured) in “Trending Business,” from its studio in Hong Kong, where it has its Asia-based headquarters. Mr. Salamat is widely viewed as one of the most knowledgeable and careful interviewers in Asia.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-08/it-s-in-vietnam-s-interest-to-not-be-alone-plate

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2015/07/08/29847559/

http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/its-in-vietnams-interest-to-not-be-alone-plate-47656.html