TOM PLATE WRITES – These are times that try one’s pro-American soul. To succeed Barack Obama as president, the fight looks to have come down to a duel between know-nothing and a know-it-all – between a candidate who has never held any political office, and one who has held only…Full Article CRAZY U.S. ELECTION: WHICH CANDIDATE MIGHT BE BEST FOR CHINA, JAPAN?
The following are remarks from the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nationa, upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles 06 April 2016 “Thank you so much for your warm welcome. It is a pleasure to be here at Loyola…Full Article LMU: ‘Strongly Committed to the Ideals of the UN’ – UNSG Ban Ki-moon
TOM PLATE WRITES – The irrefutable fact of current geopolitics is that Chinese-U.S. concordance offers the greatest potential transnational force for good (or evil) on this planet. When Beijing and Washington can get together — and then can get it together — the effect can be stunning. So for this…Full Article PARIS AND THEN NEW YORK: HOW THE POLITICAL CLIMATE CHANGED SO DRAMATICALLY
THIS ESSAY BY L.A.-BASED BUSINESSMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST SPENCER H. KIM IS REPRINTED FROM THE INFLUENTIAL SEOUL-BASED NEWSPAPER JOON-GANG DAILY, WITH PERMISSION: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – I couldn’t figure out why, but it really bothered me. Why are there so many cars in Korea with dark windshields? The occupants drive around…Full Article SEOUL: WHAT THE UNNERVING DARK CAR-WINDOW SYNDROME REVEALS
ASIA MEDIA WRITES — Does the UN have a future? Of course it does; in a sense this is a silly and misleading question. The real question is what quality of future this world organization will have. The surpassingly competent Ban Ki-moon wraps up his second five-year term at year’s…Full Article LOS ANGELES: DOES THE UN HAVE A SECRETARY GENERAL GENDER DEFICIENCY?
TOM PLATE WRITES – Begin with the unpretentious wisdom of the late Yogi Berra, a notably inarticulate Hall of Fame baseball player celebrated for memorable ‘Yogi-isms’: “It’s tough to make predictions,” one went, “especially about the future.” But the wish for the better can parent premature thoughts; the caring media…Full Article HONG KONG: SO WHO IS XI JINPING?
Professor Moon Chung-in of Yonsei University Writes (courtesy of JoongAng Ilbo, April 9, Page 27) — “The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance survived 600 years, and the U.K.-U.S. alliance continued for more than 100 years,” Yoichi Funabashi, former editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun, told me a few years ago. “I believe the U.S.-Japan…Full Article US-KOREAN ALLIANCE: TRUMPTED BY A NEW ISOLATIONISM?
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Orville Schell has been writing about China for decades and is not viewed in the West as a China-basher by any means. But in the current New York Review of Books, the former dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a rigorous recounting…Full Article CHINA: A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF XI JINPING
TOM PLATE WRITES – They say some things have to be seen to be believed, which is probably why the sight of a jaunty Mark Zuckerberg social-networking through Tiananmen Square on a bicycle (of all things) was almost unbelievable — unless you were there. Am I saying that the chairman,…Full Article HONG KONG: THE ‘FOOLISHNESS’ OF ZUCKERBERG – AND THE TOM PLATES OF THE WORLD
ASIA MEDIA WRITES – Ever wonder what in the world Beijing was thinking in Sept. 1980 when the national government took the first fateful step in implementing the ‘one-child’ policy? Writing in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books, Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof…Full Article CHINA: COLUMNIST KRISTOF ON WHAT MAY BE ‘CHINA WORST POLICY MISTAKE’
INDONESIAN SCHOLAR RISTIAN ATRIANDI SUPRIYANTO WRITES (courtesy of The Diplomat) – Yet another incident involving a Chinese coastguard vessel and an Indonesian patrol boat has occurred in the vicinity of Indonesia’s Natuna Islands in the South China Sea. Unlike the previous incidents, this time the Chinese coastguard vessel almost intruded…Full Article INDONESIA: NO MORE ‘MR NICE NATION’? BETTER WATCH OUT, CHINA
COURTESY OF THE WORLD POST, KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES FROM SINGAPORE — The rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in American politics has shocked the world. America has consistently projected itself as the country that could be trusted for political predictability and stability. While extremist or fringe movements might emerge…Full Article SINGAPORE: BEHIND THE TRUMPET OF THE PESSIMISTS
TOM PLATE WRITES – I have been traveling to Asia and writing about it in various newspapers and journals for two decades, and I have visited China enough times to know it closely. My observation about China is substantially different from most of the written accounts I read or video-view…Full Article BEIJING: THE QUESTION OF CHINA’S IMAGE
TOM PLATE WRITES – When “Conversations with Mahathir,” the second of four volumes in the Giants of Asia series, was published a few years ago, some of my friends and colleagues were utterly aghast. How could you ― gullible American author ― dignify this vulgar man with such semi-reverential treatment?…Full Article MALAYSIA: MAYBE MAHATHIR IS RIGHT?
TH FOLLOWING COURTESY OF THE NATION NEWSPAPER IN BANGKOK- Chris Coles, the American expressionist painter who’s spent so many years in Thailand that every evening stroll becomes a neon nightmare, has suddenly gone all flowery. Faced with the predicament of having no paintings that his mother back in Maine would…Full Article BANGKOK: THE FLOWERING OF THE NOIR ARTIST