The summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un ended with no deal. Photo: AFP

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Collapsed talks a risk for North Korea with silver linings for China and Japan

  • Protracted negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang leaves the door open for Beijing to act as a mediator
  • Japan, which has largely been left out of denuclearisation talks, has indicated its desire to take on a more active role
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The summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un ended with no deal. Photo: AFP
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Protesters wave South Korean and US flags during a rally denouncing South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul in November 2018. Moon’s once sky-high approval ratings have fallen to earth over the country’s economic performance, and his support for negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have not paid off so far. Photo: AP
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South Korea’s Moon Jae-in may be the biggest loser of the Trump-Kim summit flop

  • With opposition mounting at home and sanctions still blocking inter-Korean cooperation, the relative calm on the peninsula may be small consolation for Moon Jae-in

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Protesters wave South Korean and US flags during a rally denouncing South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul in November 2018. Moon’s once sky-high approval ratings have fallen to earth over the country’s economic performance, and his support for negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have not paid off so far. Photo: AP
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