Leading Up to the Hanoi Summit

Executive Summary

Recently we have seen a unique friendship developing between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Since the first summit in Singapore back in June last year, Trump has been criticized for falling into a familiar North Korean strategy. In the meantime, considering Kim’s aspirations to learn from the successful transformation from a closed communist nation to a booming economy, the choice of Vietnam for the location of the upcoming summit is also interesting to us.

While North Korea has strategically positioned itself between the U.S. and China, the country is likely to become a critical negotiating point between the two superpowers in the coming years. In this context, what would be the possible implications of the summit, and what would Kim’s visit to Hanoi mean amidst the recent tension between the U.S. and China?

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