TOM PLATE WRITES – Who has a good sense of China? From America, I will read anything by the sagacious Orville Schell, now with the Asia Society in New York, nested at the Center for U.S. China Relations; or by globe-trotting Nathan Gardels, whose superb fourth chapter in his just…Full Article LOS ANGELES: WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS CHINA?
TOM PLATE WRITES (courtesy of the South China Morning Post): China, it seems, cannot win for losing. Exports-predator China is always ‘beating us’, bombastic billionaire businessman Donald Trump declaimed yet again on the campaign trail. But his timing on this point could have been better as last week was not…Full Article HONG KONG: ‘We Are Now in the Soup Together’
SYNDICATED COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES: Perhaps the so-called US “pivot” to Asia is an immense self-delusion; perhaps America is hopelessly glued to its 20th-century past – yes, the oft-labelled American century; and so perhaps this Western “world power” is in effect emotionally handicapped – unable to prioritise geographically and always…Full Article CHINA: Dumb and Dumber?