Singapore a good summit venue: scholars
 updatetime:2018-05-11 21:49:00   Views:0 Source:China Plus

Academics have been actively interpreting the implication, with Singapore being chosen to host the upcoming historic US-North Korea summit.

Some analysts say the Southeast Asian country is a choice accepted to both Washington and Pyongyang.


A file photo of Singapore. [Photo:Xinhua/Deng Zhiwei]

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that his forthcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been scheduled for June 12th in Singapore.

Yang Xiyu, a senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, says that Singapore's neutrality is a major reason why it is well-suited to host the meeting.

Although Singapore has close political and military ties with the United States, Yang notes that North Korea has made efforts to maintain its own ties with the city state, as seen in the smooth bilateral relationship between the two countries in recent years.

Yang Xiyu says that the diplomatic facilities available in Singapore also make it a good choice for the summit.

Given the sensitivities surrounding the event, there are many logistical and protocol issues that need to be addressed by the summit venue.

Singapore is home to one of North Korea's 47 embassies, which helps to overcome some of the technical hurdles.

Singapore has hosted major international events attended by the United States.

These include the meeting between then-U.S. President Obama and the leaders of the ASEAN countries in 2009, and the annual Shangri-La security summit featuring defense leaders from countries including the United States, China, and South Korea.

And as Lyu Chao, a researcher with the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences explains, the city is just over 4,700 kilometers from North Korea. This puts Singapore comfortably within flying range of the North Korean leader's jet without the need for it to refuel.

Lyu Chao also notes that the planned U.S.-North Korea summit will once again be an opportunity for Singapore to raise its standing on the world stage. In 2015, the country played host to a historic summit between incumbent leaders from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, the first since 1949.

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