Nov 7, 2010

The life and times of an American 'mentor'

LOS ANGELES — As far as I know, Nebraska-born Theodore “Ted” Sorensen, who died last week at 82, disagreed with me only twice. He was right both times. The disagreements were memorable, for in my mind they illuminated why the influence of John F. ...

Oct 22, 2010

Are China and Japan on a collision course?

LOS ANGELES — The people of China and Japan deserve better leadership at the top than they have been getting. But better leadership is not immediately in prospect for either ancient nation. That means relations between the two giant economies will probably get worse, ...

Aug 22, 2010

Flying the humanitarian flag among Muslims

NEW YORK — What’s the one major issue the West absolutely and totally must get right in the years ahead? If the obvious answer is not peaceful international relations with an increasingly assertive China, then it has to be the West’s ever-more complicated relationship ...

Aug 8, 2010

Interesting times on Asia's south-east seas

LOS ANGELES — The Obama administration is raising the U.S. profile in the South China Sea and in the newly troubled seas around the Korean Peninsula. Its decisions are sound enough, and they have been put forth carefully and with proportionality, but they do ...

Jun 11, 2010

Who to credit for Asia's extraordinary rise?

LOS ANGELES — The extraordinary rise of Asia in recent decades cannot be understood or appreciated without some reference to outstanding leadership. Consider the experience of other regions of the world. In the 19th century, Europe immensely benefited from the machinations of its Machiavellian ...

Jun 6, 2010

Another political circus act flops in Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — The prime minister of Japan has just resigned. Big deal. That’s the reaction most everywhere — and particularly in the United States. Yes, the important neonational dailies — Wall Street Journal, New York Times — plopped the story on Page One, ...

May 1, 2010

President Lee demonstrates cool in crisis

LOS ANGELES — It is true that there is not much that Lee Myung Bak could reasonably do, one way or the other, in response to the sinking of a South Korean naval patrol vessel in the Korean seas. But what little the president ...

Apr 26, 2010

China's true supporters versus the hackers

Caring about China can be hard to do. Many Chinese, for starters, resent it when others express concern, viewing it as an intrusion, especially when the other party disagrees with something China has done. Recently I wrote about the China versus Google fight. The ...

Apr 15, 2010

Thailand's bloodshed is unbefitting of a king

Even viewing the spectacle from afar, it is utterly brutal on the emotions to observe an otherwise wondrous people and culture tearing itself in two. No one who has ever been treated to the endless charm and hospitality of the Thai people could be ...

Apr 7, 2010

How Google got too hot for China's kitchen

It is one of the positives of my largely happy life that I never found myself in the field of public relations with a client like Beijing. It’s not that there aren’t many wondrously good stories about China — hundreds of millions of otherwise ...