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The summit is gasping, but three men will keep the hope alive

In the end, it was a note of regret, the acknowledgement that a historic denouement was agonisingly out of reach, that punctuated this episode like an ellipsis.

History will have to wait, but US President Donald Trump was right to call off a summit that had been arranged too impulsively and may well have ended in tears. Even so, it has opened up possibilities and elicited sentiments that were unthinkable just months ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'The summit is gasping, but three men will keep the hope alive'. Print Edition | Subscribe