The recent US Navy mess-ups in the Pacific are obviously anything but a joking matter to America’s military establishment; they are extremely painful. Illustration: Craig Stephens

A US Navy caught napping is no joke, and no reason for China to cheer

Tom Plate says the embarrassing recent blunders by America’s prized Seventh Fleet may seem good for a laugh, but they add risks to an already tense region. Besides, it’s not a good idea to underestimate the strength of US military pride

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The recent US Navy mess-ups in the Pacific are obviously anything but a joking matter to America’s military establishment; they are extremely painful. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Tom Plate

Tom Plate

Tom Plate is a university professor and a veteran columnist focused on Asia and America. This Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University has orchestrated live interactive seminars with major universities across Asia, as part of the LMU’s path-finding Asia Media International Centre. He is also the author of 13 books, including the bestsellers “Confessions of an American Media Man” (2007) and four volumes in the “Giants of Asia” series. His latest is Yo-Yo Diplomacy: An American Columnist Tackles The Ups-and-Downs Between China and the US (2017).