Will Trump and Kim Receive Orchid Diplomacy in Singapore?
When Presidents, royalty or celebrities visit Singapore, they often receive a specially grown orchid, the national flower of the city-state, named after them.
Barack and Michelle Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Nelson Mandela all have multi-colored orchids in their names.
Botanists and others want to know if Singapore will extend its "orchid diplomacy" to U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when they arrive on the island for Tuesday's historic talks.
Nicholas Fang is with the research group Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He said Singapore might do it as a sign of goodwill and friendship.
Fang said: "This kind of soft diplomacy is something that is uniquely Singaporean." He said that it is possible the two leaders may lend their names to a single orchid.
The special orchids live in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is the only tropical botanical garden on the world heritage list kept by the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO.
The gardens are near the special area where the summit will take place.
The June 12 meeting will start a discussion on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program. In return, North Korea hopes to gain diplomatic and economic recognition from the West. An agreement could also bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.
Singapore has not yet made public any plans to present orchids to either leader.
NParks is the agency that operates the gardens. It says orchid diplomacy "plays an important role in building bilateral ties." It said last year that more than 200 orchids have been named after important visitors.
Both Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong il, and his grandfather, Kim il Sung, have flowers named for them. They are called "Kimjongilia" and "Kimilsungia." They are cultivated at a center in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang that opened in 2002.
But the current leader is not known to have a flower named for him.
The latest orchid named in Singapore was the Dendrobium Narendra Modi, marking an official visit by the Indian prime minister this month.
Members of the British royal family have several, with the most recent named for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in 2017. Even British popular music singer Elton John has his own.
"When Singapore names an orchid after a foreign leader, it is usually a hybrid orchid," said one of the employees at Woon Leng Nursery in Singapore.
"And a hybrid orchid is difficult to make - it takes at least five years. This is why it has become something rare and unique."
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1.named after 命名
The college is named after George Washington.
2.at least 至少
He's been away for at least a week.
3.royal family 王室；皇室
The media has brought more unwelcome attention to the Royal Family.
4.In return 作为交换（回报）
These are gestures of genuine friendship with no favours expected in return.
5.The gardens are near the special area where the summit will take place.
take place 发生；举行
A total solar eclipse is due to take place some time tomorrow.
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6.It says orchid diplomacy "plays an important role in building bilateral ties."
plays an important role 扮演重要角色
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方国威（Nicholas Fang）就职于新加坡国际事务所研究所。他说，新加坡可能会借此表示善意和友谊 。
6月12日的峰会将讨论结束朝鲜核武器计划的问题。作为回报，朝鲜希望获得西方国家的外交和经济认可 。（峰会上签署的）协议也将为朝鲜半岛带来和平 。
新加坡国家公园局（NParks）负责管理该植物园。该机构表示，兰花外交“在建立双边关系中发挥着重要作用 。”去年，超过200株兰花以重要来宾的名字命名 。
金正恩的父亲金正日及祖父金日成都收到了以其名字命名的兰花。兰花分别命名为"Kimjongilia"和 "Kimilsungia" 。这些兰花现生长在朝鲜首都平壤2002年开放的园艺中心 。
新加坡最近一次为兰花命名是印度总理莫迪（Dendrobium Narendra Modi），他本月对新加坡进行了一次正式访问。
数名英国王室成员也受到这一礼遇，最近的一次是2017年以查尔斯王子及其妻子卡米拉命名的。英国流行乐歌手埃尔顿·约翰（Elton John）也获得了以自己名字命名的兰花 。
新加坡允龙培育园（Woon leng Nursery）一位雇员表示，“当新加坡以外国领导人的名字命名某种兰花时，通常会选用杂交兰花。”