Trump-Kim summit: Peace made on an island in the sun

Left: Photographers and members of the public getting ready to snap pictures of Mr Kim’s motorcade at the junction of Orange Grove and Orchard roads. Over the past days, crowds have gathered around the St Regis and Shangri-La, where the leaders sta
Left: Photographers and members of the public getting ready to snap pictures of Mr Kim’s motorcade at the junction of Orange Grove and Orchard roads. Over the past days, crowds have gathered around the St Regis and Shangri-La, where the leaders stayed. PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
A North Korean aide placing a pen for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to use before his signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump at Capella hotel on Sentosa yesterday.
A North Korean aide placing a pen for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to use before his signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump at Capella hotel on Sentosa yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Trump showing Mr Kim his presidential limousine, nicknamed “The Beast”. The bulletproof and bombproof car is part of the US President’s travelling motorcade.
Mr Trump showing Mr Kim his presidential limousine, nicknamed “The Beast”. The bulletproof and bombproof car is part of the US President’s travelling motorcade. PHOTO: NBC
A group of cyclists passing by the entrance to Capella hotel on Sentosa yesterday. As the Trump-Kim meeting went on yesterday, a steady trickle of people, including tourists and families out enjoying the school holidays, hovered around the hotel’s
A group of cyclists passing by the entrance to Capella hotel on Sentosa yesterday. As the Trump-Kim meeting went on yesterday, a steady trickle of people, including tourists and families out enjoying the school holidays, hovered around the hotel’s perimeter hoping to catch sight of the leaders. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
One of the Republic of Singapore Navy ships conducting maritime patrols around Sentosa Island during the summit. During a 41-minute meeting, Mr Trump and Mr Kim spoke directly to each other, their exchange filtered only by interpreters – a feat of
One of the Republic of Singapore Navy ships conducting maritime patrols around Sentosa Island during the summit. During a 41-minute meeting, Mr Trump and Mr Kim spoke directly to each other, their exchange filtered only by interpreters – a feat of diplomacy and political theatre that set aside decades of historical acrimony. PHOTO: SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
Decommissioned World War II gun barrels were decorated with flowers outside Fort Siloso.
Decommissioned World War II gun barrels were decorated with flowers outside Fort Siloso. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

For decades, they stood silent sentry on Sentosa, the resort island with a bloodstained past that has today become a haven for holidaymakers and cartoon mascots.

But the 60 cannon at Fort Siloso, a coastal fort that was used during the Japanese Occupation as a camp for prisoners-of-war, have in recent days made a striking statement for peace.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Peace made on an island in the sun'. Print Edition | Subscribe