A Vietnamese soldier uses a minesweeper while patrolling the road between Hanoi and Dong Dang railway station near the China border on February 24, 2019. Photo: AFP

Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president thanks ‘helpful’ Xi Jinping as Vietnam fine-tunes security in Hanoi

  • Capital is buzzing with bodyguards sweeping hotels and meeting rooms before US and North Korean leaders meet this week
  • Trump tweeted that Kim ‘realises that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the world’
Topic |   Trump-Kim summit

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A Vietnamese soldier uses a minesweeper while patrolling the road between Hanoi and Dong Dang railway station near the China border on February 24, 2019. Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.