10 must-reads for today

South Korean soldiers (left) being greeted by North Korean soldiers in Cheorwon county before crossing the Military Demarcation Line last December to inspect a dismantled North Korean guard post inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two Koreas.
South Korean soldiers (left) being greeted by North Korean soldiers in Cheorwon county before crossing the Military Demarcation Line last December to inspect a dismantled North Korean guard post inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two Koreas.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A formal end to the Korean War could be on the cards of a second summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned for this month, Mr Trump's special envoy has indicated. Mr Stephen Biegun also revealed that Mr Kim has committed to dismantling and destroying the North's nuclear enrichment facilities.

The United States and China were upbeat about the progress of their trade negotiations after high-level talks this week, with only a month to go before the US ratchets up tariffs on Chinese goods. President Donald Trump said he would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping to seal a deal, possibly after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Subscribe