Author: Tom Plate

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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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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Asia Media International Staff

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), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

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Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco


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Jay Seo

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Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
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Dylan Ramos
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Nicolas Swaya
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Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Curriculum Coordinators:
Yi Ning Wong, Jennifer Eaton

Video Team Editor:
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:

Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

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Lexie Tucker

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