On April 12, 2019, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un finally uttered publicly he was open to a third summit with US President Donald J Trump. Trump himself does not appear to rule out the possibility of a third summit.
The liberal Western media have talked and written extensively about America’s relations with Taiwan under Trump. Their narratives embraced two themes: the relationship was managed badly and Taiwan is a “card” Trump is playing against China.
Taiwan will have its presidential election in early 2020. Several politicians in the two leading parties have started their election campaign, while the KMT Mayor of Kaohsiung, Han Kuo-yu and non-partisan Mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-je are also expected to run for the seat.
Many had expected some form of peace deal to be inked at the end of the second Trump-Kim summit, but were disappointed when both leaders left without having lunch, sparking off worries that the breakdown was less than amicable.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made deliberate attempts to reach out to China at the November 2014’s APEC Summit in Beijing. This was known as the ice-thawing mission from the Abe administration to the Xi administration.
The second Trump-Kim summit is likely the last window of opportunity for real progress in the North Korea denuclearization drama and also in establishing the basis for an incremental normalization of relations between Washington and Pyongyang.
Given the first Trump-Kim summit’s lack of details on the denuclearization process, special attention should be given to the possible compromise between two sides such as the reciprocal responses from the US if North Korea is willing to close its nuclear facilities.