Trump-Kim summit: Why is Vietnam chosen?

2/24/2019 8:50:27 PM

In a federal message on February 9, US President Donald Trump announced the second meeting between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to take place in Vietnam on February 27-28.

"Clearly Vietnam has the ability to secure logistical and security issues for the United State - North Korea summit. Vietnam has experienced host country for international events, typically the APEC annual meeting. 2017 ", Professor Charles Armstrong, Columbia University, USA evaluated when exchanging with VnExpress.

Armstrong mentioned the chain of events in APEC High Week in late 2017 in Danang. The heads of most APEC member countries attended, including US President Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
This expert evaluated Vietnam as an "interesting place" to hold a second meeting between US President and Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Hanoi has a good relationship with both Washington and Pyongyang, which can be seen as a peace mediator.

Professor Nam Sung-wook, Korea University, also said that "Vietnam is the best place to host the summit". "Vietnam is a symbolic country about the role of peace mediation," Nam said.

According to Professor Carl Thayer, Australian Defense Academy, University of New South Wales, Vietnam and Hanoi will become the world's center of attention until the meeting with Trump - Kim ends. Vietnam has demonstrated the ability to organize high-level events with the assurance of public security and luxurious infrastructure to meet the requirements of heads of state. During the APEC 2017 senior week, Vietnam has ensured "the highest level" security.


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