Countries jockeying for position

China wants positive outcome for security's sake

President Xi Jinping will keep a close watch on the summit as stability at China's border with North Korea and a cutback of the US military presence in the Korean peninsula would be in his country's interest.
President Xi Jinping will keep a close watch on the summit as stability at China's border with North Korea and a cutback of the US military presence in the Korean peninsula would be in his country's interest.PHOTO: AFP

Leadership or disruption? The Straits Times looks at how Donald Trump's coercive diplomacy kick-started the Singapore summit and caused various players to jostle for a piece of the action.

China wants to see a successful summit - whether substantive or symbolic - between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

This is because a summit that goes well works in China's interest of having a stable and peaceful Korean peninsula and North-east Asia, Chinese analysts say.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2018, with the headline 'China wants positive outcome for security's sake'. Print Edition | Subscribe