Three handshakes and a looming clap of thunder

(Top) Chinese President Xi Jinping with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Bottom, left) US President Donald Trump with French President Emmanuel Macron, and (bottom, right) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with South Korean President Moon Jae In.
(Top) Chinese President Xi Jinping with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Bottom, left) US President Donald Trump with French President Emmanuel Macron, and (bottom, right) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with South Korean President Moon Jae In.PHOTO: REUTERS, AFP, BLOOMBERG
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In bidding farewell during the closing ceremony of the inter-Korea summit in the truce village of Panmunjom last Friday. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narend
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In bidding farewell during the closing ceremony of the inter-Korea summit in the truce village of Panmunjom last Friday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Meetings raise hopes of resolving deep-seated geopolitical issues

Geopolitics can rarely be reduced to a tidy dictum. But all experts agree on this one: It is always better to be "talking".

When the protagonists are as intractable as the two Koreas or the "mullahs" in Iran, and the issues are as vexing as border disputes between two Asian giants, India and China, "talking" can only help.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'Three handshakes and a looming clap of thunder'. Print Edition | Subscribe