Koreas summit: Stakes and pay-offs

A child writing a message on a unification flag wishing for a successful inter-Korean summit during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea, last Saturday.
A child writing a message on a unification flag wishing for a successful inter-Korean summit during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea, last Saturday.PHOTO: REUTERS
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency last September.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency last September.PHOTO: REUTERS
South Korean President Moon Jae In with North Korea's president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Young Nam (left) as Ms Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, looks on in Seoul in February.
South Korean President Moon Jae In with North Korea's president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Young Nam (left) as Ms Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, looks on in Seoul in February.PHOTO: REUTERS
US President Donald Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, last week.
US President Donald Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, last week.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
President Xi Jinping's backing was sought by North Korea for its US talks. President Vladimir Putin wants to leverage Moscow's influence on the Korean peninsula.
President Xi Jinping's backing was sought by North Korea for its US talks. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
President Xi Jinping's backing was sought by North Korea for its US talks. President Vladimir Putin wants to leverage Moscow's influence on the Korean peninsula.
President Vladimir Putin wants to leverage Moscow's influence on the Korean peninsula.PHOTO: REUTERS

North and South Korean leaders are to hold their first meeting since 2007, the third inter-Korea summit since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

But Friday's sit-down involves not just the two Koreas, it could also impact alliances shaped by the Cold War and upend the security landscape in East Asia - and across the globe.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline 'Koreas summit: Stakes and pay-offs '. Print Edition | Subscribe