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What the next Trump-Kim Summit could end up costing Vietnam

24 9 6

IT’S looking increasingly likely that Vietnam will be chosen to host the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the coming months.

US and North Korean officials have reportedly met several times in Hanoi, in northern Vietnam, to arrange details, and even Trump himself has expressed a preference for the Southeast Asian country.

Vietnam has shown its eagerness to host the political circus, reportedly telling high ranking South Korea officials in December that it was interested, and also informing North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yongho of their desire to host during his official visit in late November.

But the recognition of such a global event doesn’t come for free and any summit is guaranteed to cost a pretty penny; something Singapore, the last host, found out the hard way.

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un walk together during the US-North Korea summit on June 12, 2018. Source: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

The costs of diplomacy

The biggest expenditure Vietnam can expect to bear is on security.

Unlike other political events, the high-profile nature of the occasion and the two people in question raises the bill far above other diplomatic meetings.

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© Asian Correspondent