Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in September 2015. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in September 2015. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in September 2015. Photo: AP
Tom Plate
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Opinion

Tom Plate

It takes two to untangle the US-China knot. Will Biden and Xi succeed?

  • Back in 1998, China and the US were led by pragmatic, realistic leaders who were capable of patient diplomacy and adult give and take. While it is hard to imagine Xi and Biden getting along like Jiang and Clinton did, one can hope

Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in September 2015. Photo: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in September 2015. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping and then US vice-president Joe Biden walk down the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in September 2015. Photo: AP
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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.