Author: Tom Plate

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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LOS ANGELES: PREVENTIVE FORCE, PREVENTIVE THINKING

America has used so-named drones against enemies abroad (real or misidentified) far more extensively than it has thought through the complex implications of such usage. Now come a mid-course thought-correction, as it were, in the form of a nearly 400-page book that takes on the ethical, political and international law issues of drones from multiple directions. The new book is titled ‘Preventive Force, Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare’ (New York University Press, 2016). This carefully ordered collection of expert essays was assembled and edited by Loyola Marymount University Profs. Kirsten Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos,...

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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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‘Blame it all on China’ – US and Britain playing a dangerous game with turn to scapegoating 

Tom Plate decries the increasing tendency of political and media sectors to see Beijing as the cause of all their woes, as it goes against the openness that has made America great read more...


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