Trump-Kim summit

Trump-Kim summit: Peace dividend for Koreans - bigger clout in North-east Asia

The people of North and South Korea would be the most obvious winners of a successful Trump-Kim summit, while Japan would be the biggest loser.

The wall of a military camp close to Haean-myeon, near the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea. If a peace treaty is reached to end the Korean War, the forces ranged along the DMZ could gradually be scaled back and that might eventual
The wall of a military camp close to Haean-myeon, near the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea. If a peace treaty is reached to end the Korean War, the forces ranged along the DMZ could gradually be scaled back and that might eventually mean a drawdown of US forces on the peninsula, says the writer. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Many things could still go wrong, but it is time to start asking what happens if it all goes right.

What if the Trump-Kim summit starts a process which leads quite quickly to real outcomes? What would that mean for the rest of us in Asia?

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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 'Peace dividend for Koreans: Bigger clout in North-east Asia'. Subscribe