Chinese ambassador to the US Qin Gang delivers a keynote speech at a welcome event by the National Committee on US-China Relations board of directors in Washington DC, on August 31. Photo: Xinhua Chinese ambassador to the US Qin Gang delivers a keynote speech at a welcome event by the National Committee on US-China Relations board of directors in Washington DC, on August 31. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese ambassador to the US Qin Gang delivers a keynote speech at a welcome event by the National Committee on US-China Relations board of directors in Washington DC, on August 31. Photo: Xinhua
Tom Plate
Opinion

Opinion

Tom Plate

Is the euphoria over China’s new US ambassador justified amid the dreary diplomatic realities?

  • There are no poetics in our politics these days as the tenor of US-China diplomacy is prosaic at best and we look for role models of peace in the wrong places
  • Classical music can offer a welcome alternative to the secular sirens of contemporary politics, even if it is not always appreciated for being above politics

Chinese ambassador to the US Qin Gang delivers a keynote speech at a welcome event by the National Committee on US-China Relations board of directors in Washington DC, on August 31. Photo: Xinhua Chinese ambassador to the US Qin Gang delivers a keynote speech at a welcome event by the National Committee on US-China Relations board of directors in Washington DC, on August 31. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese ambassador to the US Qin Gang delivers a keynote speech at a welcome event by the National Committee on US-China Relations board of directors in Washington DC, on August 31. Photo: Xinhua
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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.