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HONG KONG: ‘We Are Now in the Soup Together’

TOM PLATE WRITES (courtesy of the South China Morning Post):        China, it seems, cannot win for losing. Exports-predator China is always ‘beating us’, bombastic billionaire businessman Donald Trump declaimed yet again on the campaign trail. But his timing on this point could have been better as last week was not exactly the best possible […]

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TOKYO: THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE LATE LEE KUAN YEW

ASIA MEDIA WRITES: For all you Japanese literati types, do not miss the recent issue of GAIKO, the leading foreign policy journal of Japan, with its feature length essay on Singapore’s international-relations policy under the late, great Lee Kuan Yew.  The article was translated into Japanese from the English-language original of 2,000-plus words by Professor […]

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Rishaad Salamat

VIETNAM: ‘Don’t Leave Us Alone’!

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 […]

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Professor Tom Plate

JAPAN: U.S. ALLY GETS NO RESPECT AT ALL

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDER TOM PLATE WRITES – So what’s in a phrase? Sometimes, it seems, a great deal, but not always what the glib phrase maker intended. History, we learn, often gets the last laugh. Our story begins years ago, you see, with a highly esteemed lady of the Washington establishment (in fact, back […]

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HONG KONG: NEW COLUMN ON CHINA

Asia Media Writes: The South China Morning Post, one of Asia’s premier daily newspapers, is offering readers a new regularly appearing column on China. But, surprisingly, the fortnightly ‘Insight’ essay comes from the mind and pen not of a Mainland or even Asia-based commentator but from Professor Tom Plate, founder and editor in chief of […]

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Courtesy CNN

THAILAND: JUNTA STILL IN FEAR OF THAKSIN

BANGKOK — The commander of the Thai Army has charged former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with lese majeste for allegedly defaming the monarchy in a recent interview with a foreign news agency. Gen. Udomdet Sitabutr assigned an officer from the staff judge advocate corps to file the charge on his behalf yesterday, said one of […]

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LMU/LOS ANGELES: ‘Interactive International’ Seminars Launched

Asia Media Writes — This past spring semester, LMU competed three live interactive seminars with Fudan University in Shanghai, as well as a media workshop with China Daily, the English language daily in Beijing with the largest circulation in the world’s most populous nation. The Fudan series was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Doug Young […]

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RECENT BOOKS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Bill Hayton, THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (Yale University Press) – astonishing reportage, deep and thorough and convincing … Orville Schell and John DeLury, WEALTH AND POWER (Random House) – understanding China’s mentality via beautifully written portraits of leading figures through history … Sheila A.Smith, INTIMATE RIVALS (Columbia University Press) – Japan made simple and complex: […]

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TomPlate China

CHINA: THE PROBLEM FOR THE U.S.

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL’S EDITOR IN CHIEF TOM PLATE WRITES: Dean and former UN Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani is widely regarded as one of the most pioneering and influential thinkers in world politics today. The following is an essay based on his recent Harvard lecture. It appears courtesy of The Straits Times of Singapore, where it appeared […]

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SHANGHAI: THE BUND MAGAZINE

Asia Media International writes – In China there are few magazines more upscale or highly regarded than The Bund. From its main office in central Shanghai, it has become a magazine of choice for middle-class-and-up mainland hipsters. A recent edition featured an interview with Asia Media International editor in chief Tom Plate, who is also […]

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HONOLULU: PACIFIC FORUM BASH!

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT PACIFIC FORUM IN HONOLULU COMES THIS: “Dear Asia Media -The Pacific Forum CSIS is celebrating its 40th anniversary at our annual Board of Governors’ fundraising gala dinner at the Sheraton Waikiki on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Tickets and table sponsorships are still available for this special event, which will feature a […]

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UCLA Tom

ASIA AND THE U.S.: TRIANGLE DIPLOMACY

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WRITES IN HIS SYNDICATED COLUMN: Our intellectual (and tall) US president is a well-known connoisseur of the sport of basketball. One of the game’s famous offensive strategies is named ‘the triangle’. And so with the very welcome  announcement by Barack Obama’s National Security adviser Susan Rice of separate state-visit invitations to […]

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LONDON: AND THE NEW EDITOR IS … A LADY!

It may be hard for many to believe, but The Economist – surely the world’s highest quality political English language weekly – has a new editor in chief who’s a she! The Economist Group has announced Zanny Minton Beddoes as the 17th editor of The Economist., succeeding John Micklethwait, the editor for the past nine […]

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Charlie Latest

PARIS: ‘ALL IS FORGIVEN’

The following is courtesy of  the  provocative and informative online magazine SLATE: Here is the cover of this week’s issue of Charlie Hebdo as depicted in Libération, the newspaper that has given Hebdo’s staff use of its offices. “I am Charlie,” goofy cartoon Mohammed’s sign reads. “All is forgiven,” the text above says. Representatives of […]

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