Ties with US, North Korea Make Singapore a Good Meeting Place
American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have agreed to meet in Singapore on June 12.
Singapore's position in Asia, and diplomatic ties with the U.S. and North Korea, make it a natural choice for the historic meeting.
Trump announced the meeting in a tweet Thursday.
Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both North Korea and the United States. It is also considered a neutral place.
The city-state of less than 6 million people is between Malaysia and Indonesia. The country has 700 square kilometers of land. That is about three and one half times the size of Washington, DC.
Britain founded Singapore as a trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963, but became independent two years later.
The country maintains strong international trading ties. It is a port city, between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, on one of the busiest waterways in the world.
Singapore is also a wealthy country, with incomes similar to those of leading European nations.
The country has been ruled by one party since gaining independence in 1965. Protests cannot take place without permission. Movement is limited and there are controls on media.
Tom Plant is an expert on nuclear issues at London's Royal United Services Institute. He said Singapore is "a great location" for the meeting.
Plant told the Associated Press that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will be on friendly territory, not hostile territory. But he wouldn't be on home turf."
North Korea's state companies have, in the past, traded with Singaporean companies. Under pressure from the United States, Singapore officially stopped trade relations with North Korea in 2017.
U.S. ties to Singapore are strong.
The port city has long provided services to visiting U.S. Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific area. It is also the regional headquarters of large American companies including Google, Facebook and Airbnb.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman said Singapore is the perfect location for the meeting. He said, "Singapore has been a great friend to the U.S. But also Singapore has carefully worked to be a friend to all, which has earned it trust in capitals around the world."
Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, "We hope this meeting will advance prospects for peace in the Korean Peninsula."
In 2015, Singapore was the site of another historic meeting, between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's then-President Ma Ying-jeou. It was the first such meeting since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
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1.diplomatic relations 外交关系
Britain and Argentina reopened diplomatic relations.
2.historic meeting 历史性会议
This historic meeting received extensive world attention and is widely welcomed by the international community.
3.port city 港口城市
Chongqing is a port city with the largest municipal area and population in China.
4.less than 少于；不足
Peterson was let go after less than two years.
5.Protests cannot take place without permission.
take place 发生；举行
Elections were postponed the day before polling was due to take place.
Peace talks failed to take place because of a dispute over the venue.
6.North Korea's state companies have, in the past, traded with Singaporean companies.
in the past 过去
My children have wounded me in the past.
In the past this process of transition has often proven difficult.
自1965年独立以来，新加坡一直由一党统治。未经允许，民众不得抗议示威 。这里的游行活动受到限制，对媒体的言论也加以控制 。
汤姆·普兰特（Tom Plant）是伦敦皇家联合服务研究所的专家。他表示，新加坡是这次会晤的“绝佳选址” 。
美国前任驻新加坡大使戴维·阿德尔曼（David Adelman）表示，新加坡是此次会晤的绝佳地点。他说，“新加坡一直是美国的友邦 。而新加坡也一直在努力成为所有国家的朋友，因此赢得了世界各国政府的信任 。”