Author: Tom Plate

HONG KONG: HOT SPOTLIGHT ON ONE OF ASIA’S BEST NEWSPAPERS

One of the most interesting, and politically pivotal, newspapers left on the face of the earth is the South China Morning Post. Located in southernmost China – in the special administrative district of Hong Kong – the SCMP has stood proudly as a stubborn and delightful outpost of honest, non-ideological reporting about China and the powers that be in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere on the mainland. But since the sale and transfer of the distinguished and influential newspaper from the so-called Kuok Group/Kerry Holdings to Alibaba, the sprawling brainchild of billionaire entrepreneur Jack Ma, a transaction that was completed...

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CHINA: SEA-ING INTO THE FOG OF WAR

TOM PLATE WRITES – Win some – lose some. The Obama administration was shocked and rocked: “We recommend that the United States bring its [raised tariffs against China] into conformity with its obligations.” That, just two years ago, was the sharply worded ruling from an international body whose judgment Beijing roundly cheered. It came out of Geneva, from the World Trade Organization, in which both the US and PRC are members. The WTO had found the Obama administration in violation of international rules with its set of aggressive U.S. tariffs against China importers. How embarrassing! So, what did Washington...

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TOKYO: TIME OUT FOR CATS!

I don’t know about you, but when I travel to Asia and lodge in one of its great cities, such as Tokyo, probably the first print item I reach for after the magnificent Japan Times newspaper is TIME OUT TOKYO. This worldwide chain of urban guides offers the traveler unbelievably accurate and knowing tips as to what is up and where it’s at and so on.  Here is a recent entry regarding an exhibit titled NEKOSEN 2016 that made my fur fly happily: “Does browsing funny pictures of cats online take up a considerable chunk of your time in...

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PACIFIC PERSPECTIVE COMMENTARY: THIS MEMO IS NOT CLASSIFIED!

TOM PLATE WRITES: A long time ago, it seems like a thousand years now, I worked in the State Department, however briefly, with the honor of a formal security clearance. In that role, as a backup speechwriter (I was quite young, but loved the experience, totally respected the careerists there), hundreds of so-named CLASSIFIED documents would wing in and out of my In Box every day. Loving everything about the State Dept. job, I read as many of them as I could. Most of them were bland and barely informative and you often had to wonder why the document...

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CHINA VERSUS AMERICA: THE TRUMPET OF THE DON

TOM PLATE WRITES: Stumped by Trump? Horrified by Hillary? Apprehensive about America? As a therapeutic aid, dear distinguished reader, this column proposes to examine – and even appreciate – a totally different style of public leadership: the low-key. Yes, that kind. Remember the old days? Remember Hu Jintao, the predecessor to China’s current maximum leader Xi Jinping? The uber-quiet Hu was widely assessed as so low-key as to not even require a key chain. But maybe second thoughts are in order about this whole business of political peacocks the strut their stuff even if they don’t have any. Let’s...

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Tom Plate says Beijing made a blunder in not settling its maritime dispute with the Philippines out of court, but after years of quietly reclaiming land and building facilities in the South China Sea, its actual position is one of great strength read more...


Editorial Cartoon by Craig Stephens

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