Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Cary Huang

Trump met Kim in Hanoi, and the biggest winner may be Vietnam

  • Vietnam’s role as host of the high-profile summit has consolidated its friendship with the US, further boosting its standing in Southeast Asian affairs
  • Like China, Vietnam is held up as an economic success story for North Korea to emulate, but unlike China, it has adopted far less repressive policies

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un waves before boarding his train at the Dong Dang railway station in Lang Son on March 2. Photo: Vietnam News Agency/AFP
Philip J. Cunningham
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Opinion

Philip J. Cunningham

The Trump-Kim summit failed, but Kim Jong-un’s China train trek taught us the truth about Beijing’s role

  • When Kim, surrounded by lavish praise and rapt attention, took care to avoid dropping cigarette ash or a match on his host’s land, it was a reminder that China’s place atop the hierarchy of communist East Asia is as strong as ever

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un waves before boarding his train at the Dong Dang railway station in Lang Son on March 2. Photo: Vietnam News Agency/AFP
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