Summit coverage by Asian, Western media differed

One of the most significant events in recent times - the Trump-Kim summit - has come and gone.

Singapore had just weeks to prepare and, in spite of this, we did an excellent job and this was acknowledged by many.

The event saw volumes of reports being churned out by the media from the world over, and I could not help but notice the stark difference in the coverage by those in Asian and Western countries.

China, Japan and South Korea wasted no time in congratulating the parties involved on the outcome of the summit.

Asians have this thing called respect. We respect a 72-year-old man and a 34-year-old man coming together from thousands of kilometres away to sign a paper for the sake of world peace.

We respect their commitment and their physical and mental capabilities to successfully accomplish the mission.

Network reporting in the Western countries however were more critical and cynical.

"Analysts" and "experts" questioned every line of the agreement and every word that was spoken by United States President Donald Trump at the press conference.

Nobody knows what the future holds, but we know that less than a year ago, parts of the Pacific Ocean were on the brink of a nuclear war.

Americans should be thankful that their President has removed the threat of a nuclear bomb potentially falling on American soil.

Daniel Chan Wai Piew

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2018, with the headline 'Summit coverage by Asian, Western media differed'. Print Edition | Subscribe