Waarom Vietnam voor de tweede top Trump-Kim?
February 27-28, 2019 -- Vietnam, communistisch maar met kapitalistische tendensen, ontvangt de tweede top tussen de Amerikaanse presiden Donald Trump en de Noord-Koreaanse leider Kim Jong-un.
Washington’s goal for the Feb. 27-28 talks is for North Korea to agree give up its nuclear weapons. North Korea frames the issue more broadly, seeking a removal of the “nuclear threat” from U.S. military forces in South Korea.
Host Vietnam hopes to boost its diplomatic leverage against its powerful neighbour, China, which contests waters in the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam.
But Vietnam’s history as a U.S. adversary that transitioned on its own terms to a dynamic free-market economy under a communist political system suggests a larger meaning for the summit.