President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the White House on September 4. Trump has come under heavy criticism from across the political spectrum after reports he mocked dead US soldiers as “losers”. Photo: Reuters President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the White House on September 4. Trump has come under heavy criticism from across the political spectrum after reports he mocked dead US soldiers as “losers”. Photo: Reuters
President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the White House on September 4. Trump has come under heavy criticism from across the political spectrum after reports he mocked dead US soldiers as “losers”. Photo: Reuters
Tom Plate
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Opinion

Tom Plate

China must avoid repeating Trump, US’ history of bellicose diplomacy

  • Xi Jinping has so far not emulated his US counterpart’s disdain for war and the military, instead hailing China’s return to being a dominant military power
  • As China’s leaders swell with pride, though, they run the risk of failing to see themselves as others are starting to see them – as prideful and pushy

President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the White House on September 4. Trump has come under heavy criticism from across the political spectrum after reports he mocked dead US soldiers as “losers”. Photo: Reuters President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the White House on September 4. Trump has come under heavy criticism from across the political spectrum after reports he mocked dead US soldiers as “losers”. Photo: Reuters
President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the White House on September 4. Trump has come under heavy criticism from across the political spectrum after reports he mocked dead US soldiers as “losers”. 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.