Author: Tom Plate

A COLUMNIST’S VIEW FROM LOS ANGELES ON THE SAD SINGAPORE SCANDAL

TOM PLATE WRITES –  How sad is the ongoing family quarrel in otherwise brilliant Singapore? On my first trip to Singapore, as a Los Angeles Times columnist, which featured my first interview with Lee Kuan Yew, then titled senior minister, I returned home feeling I had seen something special and had met someone special. This was in 1996. Remember: Back then the average American thought of the place as no more than a “canning and chewing gum” circus. How silly and uninformed that view was. My fondness for Singapore was never to wane during subsequent trips and interviews, not...

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LOS ANGELES: COLUMNIST PARSES GROWING CHINA AND HONG KONG TENSIONS

TOM PLATE WRITES – The rude acidity of the Trump administration’s slap-down of the largely symbolic Paris Climate Accord has stung eyes and optimisms around the world. We move from having a U.S. president known for “leading from behind,” as the Obama hyper-caution was termed, to a successor who proposes to lead by “running from reality,” as the Trump approach looks to become infamously known. But one country’s embarrassment can become another’s historic opportunity. When America shrinks, geopolitical space opens up. The first law of global life is that politics abhors a vacuum. Alert nations will always be around...

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LOS ANGELES: A COLUMNIST DECONSTRUCTS THE ‘COMPLEXITY’ OF THE CHINA-U.S. RELATIONSHIP

TOM PLATE WRITES – International relations gets advertised and promoted by international-relations theorists as it were insanely complicated. But simply saying so doesn’t make it so. Sometimes it is all quite simple, and not in the least insane. For those who live in a neighborhood of nations with those allegedly complicated inter-relations, their point of view can be stated without complication. All they ask is that every nation play nice and avoid war, especially nuclear. No need for a PowerPoint presentation or a fancy Ph D. And no clearer example of the ‘complex-is-the-new-simple’ dynamic can be found than in...

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CHINA-US: A COLUMNIST’S VIEW OF THE SUMMIT

AMI FOUNDER TOM PLATE WRITES – Last week the 45th President of the United States paid proper tribute to the People’s Republic of China – which, by the way, would have been a whirlwind week for the Trump Administration even without the big-deal dinner for leader Xi Jinping. And though the summit venue was the annoyingly opulent tuhao-class Mar-a-Lago resort in ever-humid Florida, it was otherwise calming on the nerves to observe our often off-key Donald Trump saying and doing, for once, the right thing. Trump was in celebrity toasting mode at the Mar-a-Lago show. With Melania, his wife...

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INDIA: NEW BOOK BY BRILLIANT SHASHI THARO0R ON COLONIAL BRITAIN’S DEEP RACISM AND AMORAL CYNICISM

TOM PLATE WRITES – Indian MP and former high UN official Shashi Tharoor is easily one of the most graceful, intelligent and accessible writers well known to the public-policy world. For my rupees, his 2012 book ‘Nehru: The Invention of India’ might well be the best short political biography in English somewhere standing on my sprawling, ineptly kept university-office bookshelves. His latest book — recently published by Aleph Book Company, already being proclaimed as “brilliant” – is ‘An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India’. Shashi Tharoor – born in London and brought up in Bombay and Calcutta...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS)

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