True grievances need to be negotiated with fair sense, not political spit. Illustration: Craig Stephens

It’s a long way from trade tariffs to war, but China and the US must act as grown-ups to steer relations

Tom Plate says fair play and mutual respect are missing in the China-US squabble over trade, and both sides must recognise that the relationship cannot be seen in purely monetary terms

Topic |   US-China relations

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True grievances need to be negotiated with fair sense, not political spit. 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).