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North Korea Is Ultimately China’s Problem

As North Korea’s neighbour, largest trading partner, and most important patron, China is both the country most responsible for facilitating Pyongyang’s provocations and the one with the most to lose should the regime collapse—always a possibility for so shambolic a polity.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Also Read: China may take bigger role as ‘guarantor and mediator’ after Trump-Kim nuclear talks

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Singapore ‘All Systems Go’ For Trump-Kim Summit As North Korean Leader Reported To Be On Plane Loaned By China

It is all systems go in Singapore as the country readies itself for the arrival of United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of their highly anticipated summit in the Lion City. The two leaders are expected to touch down on Sunday, giving them a full day to prepare for Tuesday’s summit.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

As Trump Preps For Singapore, A Look At Past Summits That Succeeded—Or Flopped

None of America’s first twenty-six Presidents—spanning a hundred and twenty years—held a summit. None of them even got to Europe while in office. Woodrow Wilson was the first to travel across the Atlantic, when he went to Paris for peace talks to end the First World War. That summit still holds records. Wilson spent six months in France, with one short break back home.

Read Here – The New Yorker

History Hands Xi, Trump A Golden Opportunity

The first face-to-face meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump on April 6 and 7 will have profound political, economic and military implications for the world, especially the Western Pacific.

Read Here – Caixin Global

Avoid Beer And Skip The Handshake: How Xi Should Handle First Trump Meeting

When President Xi Jinping meets his US counterpart Donald Trump, tea rather than beer might be the best way to oil the wheels of the diplomatic relationship. Xi was quick to cross the cultural divide and share an ale with former British prime minister David Cameron in 2015 but that tactic will not work for Trump, a teetotaller since the death of his brother from an alcohol-related illness in 1981 at the age of 43.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Can SAARC Survive India And Pakistan’s Squabbles?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi walking towards the dais to address the nation at the Red Fort, on the occasion of India's 70th Independence Day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi walking towards the dais to address the nation at the Red Fort, on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day.

Following the recent drama at the SAARC meeting in Islamabad, Modi will be faced with two contrasting points of views in Delhi. First, is it worth attending the next SAARC summit in Islamabad where its minister claims that he was mistreated? Second, Modi should visit Islamabad for the scheduled summit (5–6 November) to ensure that the forum does not become hostage to India-Pakistan tensions.

Read Here – The National Interest

Should India Be Talking Or Negotiating?

Read Here – The Hindu

What Does China Want From The Desert Summit?

For those Chinese paying attention to Xi Jinping’s four-country tour of the Americas this week, one question stands out: Why would their president want to spend two informal days, more or less one-on-one with U.S. President Barack Obama in the middle of the desert? This isn’t just a matter of protocol — though there are plenty of questions about that — but rather a deeper inquiry into what precisely China wants from a bilateral relationship with the U.S, writes Adam Minter.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Non-State Actors Who Bring Nations Closer

A controversy erupted recently over Track Two discussions regarding the Siachen issue. “Track Two Diplomacy” is a term with which much mythology is associated. Some proponents believe that it can cut through the red tape of conventional diplomacy and resolve intractable problems. Critics argue that it is both a useless waste of time and a sinister plot to induce guileless Indians to sell out national interests — often the critics make these contradictory arguments in the same breath.

Read Here – The Hindu

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