TOM PLATE WRITES — Lockdown. Many of us have just been through it; others of us are still stuck in it. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the term usually meant the kind of harsh confinement that befall inmates of a penal institution in the wake of a prison riot. Slight…Full Article TRUMP AND XI: THE ERA OF NON-MAGICAL THINKING
Excerpted from Christianity Today — In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith. The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment. The typical CT approach…Full Article ONE EVANGELICAL JUDGMENT: CHRISTIANITY TODAY OPINES THAT TRUMP SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE
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?
HYUNG JUN YOU WRITES — Men and women of all ages, from high school students to retired grandmothers, took to the streets to demand democratic reforms. Calm streets turned violent. Stores and broadcasting stations that were friendly to the government were burnt down. The leaders at the top believed the…Full Article THINK OF IT AS ‘HONG KONG ‘ GWANGJU: HISTORY SEEMS TO BE REPEATING ITSELF
SENAY EMMANUEL WRITES – On June 30th, 2019, US President Donald Trump met with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas. With that, Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the isolated country. This symbolic gesture made for an incredible photo…Full Article TRUMP DIPLOMACY: HOW UNREAL IS THIS LATEST ‘DIPLOMATIC’ REALITY SHOW?
ALEXANDRA RADILALEH WRITES– Thirty-one years after an unlikely relationship, Pham Ngoc Canh, a Vietnamese man, and Ru Yong Hui, a North Korean woman, were finally married in 2002, when North Korea allowed Ru to marry a foreigner. Now, almost two decades later, the couple sees hope that their two countries’…Full Article “Location, Location, Location!” Hanoi to Host DPRK-US Summit meeting
PATRICK POLESHUK WRITES — In a cutthroat economic environment in which trading is perceived as a zero-sum game, the placement of tariffs on roughly $250 billion worth of Chinese goods is merely perceived as keeping things fair. President Trump has held to this view since his 2017 ascension to office,…Full Article CHINA: Is China First to Fall Victim to Trump’s Trade War?
MILES KENT WRITES– The G20 Summit, an annual gathering of 20 established and developing economies that took place, has been called an American automaker win by the Trump administration. Following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump tweeted about Chinese plans “to reduce and remove tariffs on American…Full Article The Tariff Truce: Too Little, Too Late?
DHARI ALDURAIBI WRITES—In his escalating trade war with China, President Trump has recently placed tariffs on roughly $500 billion in Chinese goods, sparking retaliation from Beijing, which has placed its own tariffs on American agricultural products, including soybeans. A majority of America’s soybean farmers are located in pro-Trump states like…Full Article Trump, Tariffs, and the Ever Decreasing Price of Soybeans
TOM PLATE WRITES – It is a commonplace that China’s system disdains consequential elections. But in a sense this is only strictly true in national practice. Whether leaders and peoples accept it or hate it, this is the age of continuous globalization. It is not a matter of choice –…Full Article CHINA AND THE AMERICAN ELECTION: THE SERIOUS STAKES FOR BEIJING
Jesse Johnson of The Japan Times Writes – China’s top broadcaster has taken to YouTube to roast U.S. President Donald Trump, in a sarcastic video titled “Thanks Mr. Trump, you are GREAT!” mocking the American leader over his trade policy toward Beijing. The English-language video, uploaded on Monday night, begins…Full Article CHINA: WE SINCERELY AGREE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ATTACKS ON THE AMERICAN MEDIA
(FROM THE EDITORS OF ASIA MEDIA: THIS COLUMN APPEARED ONE WEEK BEFORE THE SINGAPORE SUMMIT, IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)– BY TOM PLATE: Next week, it now seems, the American President will be in Singapore, along with the North Korean leader. Both are famously quirky. Is Lee worried? We…Full Article SINGAPORE: SUDDENLY (?) SUCH A SINGULAR PIVOTAL GEOPOLITICAL SPOT ON THE WORLD SCENE
ANDREA PLATE WRITES – What’s the big deal about Dr Ronny L. Jackson, President Trump’s embattled nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs? It’s obvious, if the allegations are true. They include: creating a hostile work environment. Drinking excessively on the job. Prescribing and dispensing medications inappropriately, to his own staff,…Full Article LOS ANGELES: WHY SAVING THE VA FROM TRUMP’S NOMINEE IS THE RIGHT MEDICINE FOR OUR WOUNDED VETERANS