This column originally appeared on Dec. 7, 2022, in the South China Morning Post. CLINICAL PROFESSOR TOM PLATE WRITES – Did you know that, in American-speak, a group of flying Corvids is not called a “flock” but a “murder.” You could look it up! Right now, amid the warm Laguna…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: BOSS XI’S ‘OVERREACH’ CUTTING BEIJING DOWN TO SIZE?
CLINICAL PROFESSOR TOM PLATE WRITES — I look back in anger. There’s no other way emotionally to cope with the sense that, ever since the exit of the Clinton administration two decades ago, relations with China have gone from “the good and the bad” to mostly bad. It’s not that…Full Article CHINA-US RELATIONS: MUDDLING THROUGH IS BETTER THAN BLOWING IT UP
KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES (Reproduced from a copy of The Straits Times and courtesy of the author) — Dear Friends, Many Western minds believe that Western societies are inherently peaceful while East Asian societies (including China) are more belligerent. There’s some realistic basis for this assumption: prospects of war between any…Full Article ASIA: SAY NO TO NATO
KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES — “Ask not what America can do for you! Ask rather what you can do for America.” If US President Joe Biden were in a position to send a sincere and honest message to the rest of the world in his recent inaugural address, these are the…Full Article ASIAN PERSUASION: THE US NEEDS HELP
KISHORE MAHBUBANI SAYS — The following is an excerpt from an Interview published by Project Syndicate on November 24th, 2020, with the distinguished famed Professor Mahbubani: Project Syndicate: You’ve warned that “the international order has lagged dangerously behind shifting global power dynamics.” Will US President-elect Joe Biden’s administration improve prospects…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: EIGHT ‘SUGGESTIONS’ FOR THE BIDEN PEOPLE
SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES – As both an American and Saudi Citizen, I have experienced first-hand how Americans view the outside world. The Western media tends to focus on the negative side when talking about Asia and the Middle East while overlooking positive aspects. For example, there is a common belief that…Full Article MEDIA: THE WEST VS THE REST
KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES — No one knows what the post–Covid-19 world will look like. But we know it will be very different. Many countries are likely to suffer from low growth and high debt, the “Japanese disease.” Poor developing countries will certainly suffer from this condition. Yet for developed economies, the…Full Article THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY: IS THE WORLD STILL AT RISK OF THE “JAPAN DISEASE” ?
TOM PLATE WRITES – On one hand, let me ask you: Would you be foolish enough to persist in advocating a balanced-sensible approach to the People’s Republic of China amid this murderous coronavirus-crisis for which so many blame the PRC? At a time when global suspicion and recrimination converge on Beijing/Wuhan…Full Article CHINA VERSUS US: MAHBUBANI’S MARKER
THE STRAITS TIMES, THE LEADING NEWSPAPER OF SINGAPORE, WRITES – Prominent Singaporean academic Kishore Mahbubani has been elected a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining the ranks of luminaries such as Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin and Barack Obama. The former diplomat, who is currently senior…Full Article CAMBRIDGE, MASS.: CONGRATULATIONS TO KISHORE MAHBUBANI
KISHORE MAHBUBANI WRITES — Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s finance chief, is under house arrest in Vancouver. The US is trying to extradite her over fraud allegations related to sanctions against Iran © Bloomberg It is clear that the US government has made a strategic decision to go after Huawei, the…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: TRUMP POLICY IS HUAWEI OFF …
As part of the Asia Media regular curriculum, this Fall the ‘Introduction to the Media and Politics of Asia’ course for undergraduates features two provocative, required books. One is Kishore Mahbubani’s latest provocation – ‘Has the West Lost It?’; the other is ‘Conversations with Mohamad Mahathir: Operation Malaysia’, relevant anew…Full Article LOS ANGELES: TWO ASIAN MASTERS, TWO BOOKS – ONE LMU COURSE
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.…Full Article HONG KONG: SCMP COLUMNIST – THE DOWNSIDE OF BASKING IN FAWNING MEDIA COVERAGE
We received the following note and statement from Asia-based geopolitical thinker Kishore Mahbubani, who is stepping down as the famed Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew school of Public Policy. It is reprinted here virtually in its entirety. “Dear friends, Life is full of interesting twists and turns. I…Full Article SINGAPORE: FOUNDING DEAN OF LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL TO STEP DOWN AT YEAR’S END
PROFESSOR TOM PLATE WRITES — The U.S. public rarely gives larger-than-life Indonesia, the most populous country in Southeast Asia, more than passing thought, and even on those rare moments it might mainly be thinking about nothing more than a dream vacation in Bali. Yet, as every cosmopolitan knows, the world’s…Full Article ONE COLUMNIST’S VIEW: SUPERB NEW BOOK ON SOUTHEAST ASIA’S ASEAN REVEALS CHINA-U.S. OPPORTUNITY
ON AMERICA’S INAUGURATION DAY, 20 JAN., THIS NEWS ANALYSIS BY LMU’S PROF TOM PLATE APPEARED IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, FOR WHICH PLATE WRITES A REGULAR COLUMN ON SINO-US RELATIONS — Only a relatively few sprinkles fell on President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade. By contrast absolute doubt and worry…Full Article HONG KONG: TRUMP COMES UP SHORT – FOR BETTER AND FOR WORSE
KATIE TRINH WRITES – China’s antics are getting out of hand and Vietnam, along with Malaysia and the Philippines, will not be bullied by the Asian hegemon. The conflict between the Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) and China began when China reclaimed larger portions of the islands in the…Full Article VIETNAM – HANOI’S CLEVER PLAY IN THE ‘SOUTH CHINA SEA’