Author: Tom Plate

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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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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