US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, on July 23. Pompeo’s rhetoric around China and the Communist Party suggests little in the way of new ideas since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Reuters US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, on July 23. Pompeo’s rhetoric around China and the Communist Party suggests little in the way of new ideas since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, on July 23. Pompeo’s rhetoric around China and the Communist Party suggests little in the way of new ideas since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Reuters
Tom Plate
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Tom Plate

US-China relations: Pompeo speech shows few new ideas towards the ‘evil empire’

  • US secretary of state’s recycling of the Reagan-era phrase shows some ideas are just too good to retire, especially in the absence of new ones
  • Neither China nor the US appear to care what anyone thinks any more, leading to a perfect storm of distrust and failures of communication

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, on July 23. Pompeo’s rhetoric around China and the Communist Party suggests little in the way of new ideas since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Reuters US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, on July 23. Pompeo’s rhetoric around China and the Communist Party suggests little in the way of new ideas since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Reuters
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, on July 23. Pompeo’s rhetoric around China and the Communist Party suggests little in the way of new ideas since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Photo: Reuters
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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), four volumes in the “Giants of Asia” series, and three In the 'Tom Plate on Asia' book series. He is vice-president of the Pacific Century Institute, in Los Angeles.