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Year in review: Top 5 truly historic moments of 2018

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ANOTHER year is coming to a close. In these late December days, people are looking to the future and wondering what 2019 has in store for them. But before jumping to that, it’s worth taking some time to reflect on 2018 – and what a year it’s been!

It has been 12 months filled with political intrigue, election upsets, and stark climate warnings. In between all the madness – of which there was plenty – there were some truly historic moments. Moments future generations will read about in history books as they look back at today’s world and try to understand what the hell was going on.

Here are our top historic events of 2018:

April: Inter-Korean Summit and the Panmunjom Declaration

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) shaking hands with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom. April 27, 2018. Source: Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP

On April 27, after months of escalating aggressive rhetoric, Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to cross into South Korea since a ceasefire was reached in the Korean War in 1953.

The move solidified this inter-Korean summit’s place in the history books.

When greeting Kim ahead of their talks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in returned the gesture by hopping across the border and stepping momentarily into North Korea.

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The two seemed to get along famously, strolling together in the surroundings of Peace House where the meeting was held. And rounding of the day-long event with a symbolic tree planting on the heavily fortified border dividing their countries.

The result of the discussions was the Panmunjom Declaration that made pledges of cooperation and peace.

The two sides are technically still in conflict as the Korean War was only halted with an armistice, rather than a peace treaty. This made the pair’s pledge to sign a full peace treaty particularly significant. However, the timeline given for this to happen was the end of the year, and with only one day left to go, it looks like it’s a bust.

May: Malaysia’s General Election

Supporters of Mahathir........

© Asian Correspondent