COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES – The decline of the coherence and acumen of American foreign policy would appear to present Beijing with the potential for a century of anything and everything but humiliation. To be sure, historically, the U.S. has demonstrated Olympian bounce-back ability from near-death experiences (from bad economies…Full Article DEAR BEIJING: IS THIS THE BEST YOU CAN DO?
THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS COLUMN BY TOM PLATE WAS PUBLISHED EARLIER THIS WEEK BY THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST – No time to be polite: the most disgraceful and unnecessary deterioration amid the global health and economic crisis is the China-U.S. relationship that continues to sour. Casualties from a…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: THE MADNESS OF THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
JAEWON LEE WRITES – It is undoubtedly clear that the COVID-19 outbreak led to nothing but a series of unfortunate events that stripped away my fantasies of life after the Air Force. Just as my mandatory military service was nearing its end, my discharge ceremony was canceled, I could not…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: MURPHY’S LAW SAYS …
LUCIA TENSI WRITES – South Korea, 9th of March 2020 sometime around 2 a.m.: “Mom… MOM!… where are you? What is happeninng? Where is Dad? What about Leonardo and Claudio?” “Lucia do not worry, we are fine at home. Your brothers are safe in their houses. You worry about yourself.” It was…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: ‘THE NIGHT CNN DECIDED TO GIVE ME A HEART ATTACK …’
TOM PLATE WRITES – Adept moral leadership at the top, whether in Washington or Hong Kong, is central to any serious public-health strategy. ‘Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed on the world,’ famously wrote the poet William Butler Yeats in 1919. One hundred years later, here…Full Article TRUMP AND THE CORONA CRISIS: SCIENCE VERSUS UNREASON?
SENAY EMMANUEL WRITES — I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at a well-known university in Los Angeles, California. I am set to graduate in a few months and move to Washington D.C. to work at a non-profit. Life was all planned and prepared, and as commencement neared, I gradually filled…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: A COLLEGE SENIOR PONDERS OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS CRUEL CRISIS
TOM PLATE WRITES – How bad will the global-corona epidemic get? ‘Only the future will tell.’ The problem with that lame cliché is that the future is not only with us now but – to scramble the possibilities – the future actually influences the past. Astrophysicist-author John Gribbin, whose challenging new book ‘Six…Full Article PANDEMIC CORONA: FUTURE ENEMIES AND FUTURE SHOCKS, IN QUANTUM VISION
TOM PLATE WRITES (VIA THE KOREA TIMES OF SEOUL) — As horrible as the coronavirus spread looks right now, it may not be the worst that faces us. My worry is that even after the epidemic begins its remission, what happens is that everything returns to normal. And that’s the…Full Article CORONAVIRUS ASIA: THE POTENTIAL PLAGUE OF COMPLACENCY
TOM PLATE WRITES — Without becoming too defensive about America at this rocky passage in its political history (well, it is difficult to defend), I nonetheless will offer something of a defense, since almost no one else wants to try, but maybe someone ought to. So we start with this: Whether…Full Article WASHINGTON: HOW COULD A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT EVER POSSIBLY TAKE PLACE?
TOM PLATE WRITES — American foreign policy rarely rises to the level of coherence recommended by its policy intellectuals and thoughtful diplomats; but without their persistence, it would be bereft of any coherence at all. When World War Two ended, for example, the American establishment came to rally around the containment…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: NO FORCE CAN CONTAIN CHINA EXCEPT BEIJING
TOM PLATE WRITES — The stars and stripes of the American flag, as if sliced by partisanship into bipolar bands of red and blue, never seemed more at cross-purpose. Only true haters might find pleasure in the proceedings. In the House, as if plowing through a field of empty dreams and…Full Article Paranoia Paramount: IS IT PLAUSIBLE TO COMPARE TRUMP TO MAO?
TOM PLATE WRITES — Right, you don’t have to remind me: the Chinese civilization of three thousand-plus years has at its ready ancient sayings for almost everything that comes up in life – sort of like the French who “always have a word for it”. Well, we Americans are not voiceless…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: LET THINK TANKS THINK, NOT TANK
[Pix above of US Secretary of Sate Mike Pompeo] TOM PLATE WRITES – Let’s get some simple facts straight: Hong Kong is not in the sovereign hands of the People’s Republic of China due to crass invasion or communist subversion or anything nefarious. This historic territory was semi-willingly deeded back…Full Article Hong Kong: LET’S GET SOME SIMPLE FACTS STRAIGHT!
TOM PLATE WRITES – This is about the downside of overwrought moralizing. For inconvenient truths must be carefully considered on this week marking the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising and suppression. Much is at risk in the clarity and ethical framework with which the U.S. views China – and…Full Article CHINA: THE PAINFUL PARADOX OF TIANANMEN RETROSPECTIVES
TOM PLATE WRITES – ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’: Trust takes a long time to build up. Worse yet, in clumsy hands it can vanish before you know it. Notice how the trust-factor between Beijing and Washington seems to be bottoming out almost faster than you can say ‘the Spirit of Mar-a-Lago…Full Article THE VATICAN: POPE FRANCIS’ SECRETARY OF STATE PIETRO PAROLIN SHOWS A DIPLOMATIC TOUCH WITH CHINA