AIDAN SMITH-FAGAN WRITES — Japan’s Defense and Deputy Prime Ministers have both recently affirmed their government’s willingness to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion from the Chinese mainland. Those statements also coincided with a recent report from the Financial Times detailing joint US-Japanese military exercises in the hotly…Full Article DIRE STRAITS: JAPAN, THE U.S. AND THE FUTURE OF TAIWAN
TOM PLATE WRITES — The late George Kennan became a diplomatic legend for advocating, while stationed in Moscow, a singular foreign policy idea that famously worked. It was called “containment”. Its steadfast observance by the US and its allies undoubtedly helped lead to the welcome collapse of the Soviet Union.…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: POINTILLISM IS THE WAY TO GO
TOM PLATE WRITES — You have to wonder how well (if at all) General Secretary Xi Jinping and President Joseph Biden are going to get along. Imagine such a splendid scene as this! With TV cameras broadcasting live around the world you see the leader of the Peoples Republic of…Full Article TENSE CHINA-US RELATIONS: DO BIDEN AND XI HAVE THE ANSWER?
TOM PLATE WRITES — A re-released photo of Joe Biden, then U.S. vice-president, on the North-South Korean border, is being touted by some as evidence of embedded American imperial complacency. Yet it’s almost a required photo stop for American politicians who, as if some mountain-climbing Edmund Hilary, can never be happy…Full Article US-CHINA RELATIONS: A SUCCESSFUL BIDEN PRESIDENCY NEEDS TO HEAL BILATERAL TIES AND RESPECT ALLIES
LULU ALKHALIDI WRITES – In polls conducted by Pulse Asian between September 14 and September 20, the rating for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance was 91%. The poll was of course conducted during the coronavirus pandemic, with 5% of the population giving a negative response while 4% were undecided. In…Full Article PHILIPPINES: PRESIDENT DUTERTE SCORES HIGH MARKS FROM FILIPINO FANS DESPITE LOW REGARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
TOM PLATE WRITES — Change will come, it has to. But America’s hyper-confident commentariat has convinced itself that China-U.S. policy Democrat Joseph Biden, on track to become the 46th president of the United States, will be stuck in the cement of the New Coldness and would differ little from Trump’s.…Full Article BIDEN AND CHINA: ‘SLEEPY’ … OR POSITIVELY RESTLESS?
ZANE KRPAN WRITES — On the 16th of June, 2020, Chinese and Indian soldiers engaged in a conflict over their disputed border for the first time since 1975. India reported twenty of its soldiers dead, but China did not release any information about casualties. The tension between China’s western border…Full Article INDIA: WHY IT HAS BECOME SO IMPORTANT TO THE UNITED STATES
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
SARAH SHARPE WRITES — The coronavirus, recently named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, has completely dominated international media outlets and caused hysteria and travel paranoia. The fast-spreading virus has been documented in countries beyond China such as Japan, Germany, and the U.S. With (at this writing) more than 1,000 reported…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHINA: THE GREATEST CHALLENGE CHAIRMAN XI HAS FACED
PROF TOM PLATE WRITES – It’s not easy being a superpower, and whoever would imagine such might be the case? Sometimes one almost feels an odd twang of sympathy for the leaders of China and the U.S. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown of the superpower. Could any…Full Article HONG KONG: UNEASY LIES THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN OF THE SUPERPOWER
TOM PLATE WRITES – Hong Kong is exceptional, of course. It is an object of desire worldwide — a known global gem, a gold-medal metropolis. It attracts not just business people but holiday seekers. It has glamor. It has an amazing film industry. It probably has more raging shopaholics per…Full Article HONG KONG: XI JINPING GOVERNMENT MAKING THE WRONG ENEMIES
Pix shows author and Harvard Fellow William H. Overholt at an LMU reception for his book at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Los Angeles. TOM PLATE WRITES — The American general and statesman Colin Powell, at his secretary of state confirmation hearing years ago, bluntly told Congress: “China is…Full Article HONG KONG: THE COLD WIND IN THE EAST PREFIGURING A NEW COLD WAR
ASIA MEDIA WRITES — President Xi’s two-term limit has been abolished, meaning he might be President of China indefinitely. As the news sets in, Chinese citizens take to social media to express their mixed emotions. Following these reactions, the Chinese government were quick to crack down on Chinese netizens, banning…Full Article CHINA: ANONYMOUS NETIZENS TAKE TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO KNOCK PRESIDENT XI’S ABOLISHMENT OF THE TWO-TERM LIMIT
PROFESSOR TOM PLATE WRITES – Years ago, Singapore’s founder Lee Kuan Yew would needle me, in all seriousness, about the time and effort we silly journalists invest in seeking to lay out a leader’s personal traits. This dynamic man dubbed our penchant for such detail “the Western journalist’s exaggeration of…Full Article COLUMNIST’S VIEW: ALL THE HOT RUMORS ABOUT THE BOSS OF CHINA
AMI FOUNDER TOM PLATE WRITES – Last week the 45th President of the United States paid proper tribute to the People’s Republic of China – which, by the way, would have been a whirlwind week for the Trump Administration even without the big-deal dinner for leader Xi Jinping. And though…Full Article CHINA-US: A COLUMNIST’S VIEW OF THE SUMMIT
AMI EDITOR IN CHIEF TOM PLATE WRITES – Mutual trust offers priceless value. In the second term of the Clinton presidency, during the reign of Jiang Zemin/Zhu Rongji, when both sides privileged economic engagement over geopolitical jiu-jitsu, the level of trust between the governments appeared on an uptick. When China…Full Article CHINA U.S. SUMMIT: THE ABSENCE OF SOLACE