Author: Tom Plate

HONG KONG: KEEP THE PEACE

TOM PLATE WRITES – Not far down the freeway from my own university is the University of California Irvine, for years the faculty home of one of the West Coast’s better-known China-watchers/worriers. He is the controversy-prone professor Peter Navarro, of the Paul Merage School of Business. For the foreseeable future, though, you won’t find him in classrooms lecturing or clinking cappuccinos with colleagues at the faculty club, cracking jokes about yield curves. Instead you’ll find him in Washington as head of the White House National Trade Council. And this is a concern. Although technically his title is a nerdy...

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AUSTRALIA: THE WAY TO DEAL WITH CHINA

Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating (1991-1996, pictured right) offers a crystal-clear vision of China’s rise in Asia in a deeply thought-provoking interview with Kerry O’Brien, one of Australia’s most respected journalists. The hour-long radio session  with the highly informed, forward-thinking Keating, now 72, covers a valuable range of topics, including his first-hand impressions of China’s President Xi Jinping, the titanic power shift in the Asia-Pacific region, the urgent need to recognize China’s legitimate national interests, and the depressingly inept intellectual character of America’s thinking about its 21st century role in Asia. Keating is brilliant, and interviewer O’Brien skillfully...

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UC BERKELEY: IS CHINA’S PRESIDENT XI SINCERE IN HIS ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN?

The following summary (or ‘Abstract’) of an invaluable study titled “…China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign” arises from exemplary research by Xi Lu and Peter L. Lorentzen of the University of California, Berkeley. Their study comes at an especially helpful time: Scholars (not to mention journalists and Western government officials) have been endlessly puzzling over the true nature of the anti-corruption effort on the mainland of China. The question has been whether the effort is more carefully targeted political score-settling or true across-the-board non-partisan corruption control. The conclusion of the Berkeley professors is fascinating and important because it helps illuminate the true...

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BANGKOK: THE ROMANTIC EXISTENCE OF THE EXPAT IN MYSTERIOUS THAILAND

One of the most popular writers in English living in Southeast Asia is Christopher G. Moore. His ‘Vincent Calvino’ novels in particular crashed one bestselling list in Asia after another. A video on his work, on the ‘dark but rich’ side of Bangkok, and the life of the expat in Thailand has just surfaced. It is highly recommended.  Please view:...

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SINGAPORE: SCARY MOMENT FOR THE PM

TOM PLATE WRITES  – Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong suffered a scary spell during his deliverance of the annual National Day speech, but after fast work by an emergency team and a brief rest, returned to the microphone to soldier on. And this is very good news indeed. Lee, whose iconic father Lee Kuan Yew founded modern Singapore with his People’s Action Party, deserves considerable credit for keeping the tiny but robust city-state (more populous than Norway but not many other places) on an exceptional trajectory. Singapore remains one of the world’s most accomplished countries with a highly...

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THE CHINA COLUMN

Trump needs to get smart as North Korea keeps up ‘missile diplomacy’

Tom Plate says US policy on North Korea must stem from astute first-hand intelligence, lacking thus far, starting with recognising the country and setting up an embassy read more...


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