Countries jockeying for position

Under Trump, America leads by disruption

Analysts give US President Donald Trump considerable credit for the June 12 summit, amid hopes that his unconventional approach to diplomacy may pay off - in the form of peace on the Korean peninsula.
Analysts give US President Donald Trump considerable credit for the June 12 summit, amid hopes that his unconventional approach to diplomacy may pay off - in the form of peace on the Korean peninsula.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Leadership or disruption? The Straits Times looks at how Donald Trump's coercive diplomacy kick-started the Singapore summit and caused various players to jostle for a piece of the action.

"Five hundred days of winning on the world stage" was the title of the e-mail the White House sent out on June 7.

The United States has returned to leadership on the international stage while prioritising its interests, it said. And it quoted President Donald Trump as saying: "We know that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unmatched power is the surest means of our defence."

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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 'Under Trump, America leads by disruption'. Print Edition | Subscribe