Author: Tom Plate

A COLUMNIST’S VIEW: COMPARING BEIJING’S TOP DIPLOMAT VERSUS AMERICA’S

TOM PLATE WRITES -If you’d like a snapshot of the current state of US diplomacy versus the state of PRC diplomacy, simply compare how the two top diplomats of each country are doing. Not so good for the American side: whereas the foreign minister of China looks well-suited, secure and competent, the American looks shaky, even over his head. Unfair? Superficial? Perhaps … maybe not. Start with the American secretary of state, Mr Rex Wayne Tillerson: Unaccustomed as I am to defending former U.S. oil executives, still, in all decency, somebody might tender a nice word for the once...

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HONG KONG: SCMP COLUMNIST – THE DOWNSIDE OF BASKING IN FAWNING MEDIA COVERAGE

TOM PLATE WRITES — To what does Mr Xi Jinping truly aspire? Who does China’s ‘paramount leader’ think he is? Mr Xi Jinping doesn’t need fawning media coverage to mislead him into believing something he may or may not be. Whether China’s president is crowned person-of-the-year by a self-important U.S. magazine (such as Time) is of no importance. Mr Xi himself must understand that he is arguably unimportant. He shouldn’t require cover stories to bolster his self-image. He is not making history, history is making him. There was no way China was going to remain down and out forever....

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PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ASIA TOUR: THE AMERICAN MEDIA NEEDS TO TAKE A CHILL PILL

Name(required) Email(required) Website Message S PROF TOM PLATE WRITES — Despite not having before his all-seeing eyes the example of Donald J. Trump, the 17th century philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal came to the conclusion: “All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.” Next week, our most un-still American is to vacate his White House to call on geopolitical rooms in Asia: Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. This will not possibly prove an easy trip, even if Mr Trump were the most qualified U.S. president ever. Suddenly it’s...

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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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