Trump-Kim summit: Beijing has much to be pleased about

A large screen shows news footage of the Singapore summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, beside a street in Beijing, on June 12, 2018.
A large screen shows news footage of the Singapore summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, beside a street in Beijing, on June 12, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

The joint statement signed by the United States and North Korea, in which Pyongyang agreed to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, is an outcome that pleases the Chinese, although there may be concerns that there is no stipulation it will be verifiable and irreversible.

President Donald Trump's comments at his press conference that the US and South Korea would be stopping military exercises and that he might in time pull out the 32,000 US troops stationed in the South would be welcomed by the Chinese as this is in their security interests.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Beijing has much to be pleased about'. Print Edition | Subscribe