Tan Cheng Bock on the Trump-Kim summit; netizens do not express hope with him

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With the Trump-Kim summit having just ended, Dr Tan Cheng Bock offered his closing remarks on Facebook yesterday.

In it, he expressed hope for the two nations and wished for peace.

He wrote, “A HISTORICAL SUMMIT – The Singapore Summit was historical. Both President Trump and Chairman Kim looked relaxed and seemed determined to make the summit a success”.

Dr Tan also touched on the interpretation of the agreement signed by both leaders.

He continued, hoping that the agreement played out well, “As the dust [settles] what [is] left to be seen will be the interpretation of the signed documents. Lets pray that both sides will act on the issues favourably and bring peace to the Korean Peninsular and elsewhere.”

Netizens who commented on his post expressed very different sentiments.

A few also griped about the cost of the summit to Singapore, instead of its outcome.



  1. (Sharing a June 13 blogpost of mine…)

    A Consequent Report Card For The Trump-Kim Summit Related Players: Winners and Losers Spotlighted

    The day after the July 12, 2018 Trump-Kim Singapore summit: here’s a snapshot of the performance scorecard for six interested group of players of this summit…

    1. The Americans rack up a big Ai (I), namely, an INCOMPLETE grade with oodles of KIVs to be followed through.

    2. The North Koreans ace it with flying colors nailing a solid A+ for having their cake and eating it too…earning overnight their international cachet, meanwhile, keeping intact their nuclear weaponry.

    3. The Chinese also get a sterling A+ for diligently and successfully prepping their mentee/buffer-state neighbor for this Singapore summit.

    4. The South Koreans score a B+ for their assiduous rapprochement breakthrough endeavors preceding the summit; but they will now have to learn live with a permanently nuclear-armed neighbor henceforth, albeit a less bellicose one going forward.

    5. The Japanese net a D, an obviously unsatisfactory mark for this summit; the eventual rewrite of their constitution to enable sufficient re-arming of themselves bids fair on the distant horizon.

    6. And finally, host country Singapore chalks up an A for logistic efficiency and execution, reinforcing her reputation as a super MICE locus. (MICE=meeting/travel incentive/conference/exhibition)

    Winners/Losers spotlighted in high relief…

    First, concerning the losers: I’m being generous in the above grade of INCOMPLETE for Trump and his team. But frankly, just what is to be expected of such a hastily cobbled together summit? Some historical perspective may be in order here… It took then US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger more than 6 months to prep for Nixon’s 1972 maiden China summit, whereas the current US State Secretary Mike Pompeo (sworn in to his office only in late April) literally has had less than 6 weeks to pave the way for this epochal Trump-Kim summit. Regrettably, this historic meeting between the two leaders turned out essentially to be nothing more than an extravagant photo op for Trump’s newfound bromance with a nuclear power-hungry autocrat. Indeed, not to put too fine a point on it, the Trump-Kim joint declaration isn’t worth the paper it is printed on as regards Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearization. Alas, Trump’s much publicly touted criteria for the summit entailing the so-called CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization) stipulations are conspicuously absent from the joint communique. This evisceration of the purported benchmark for the summit coupled with Trump’s abrupt intimation to suspend future military exercises with South Korea can only be construed as Trump’s impulse to propitiate Marshall Kim, banking in return on his goodwill follow-through in voluntary denuclearization at some nebulous future date. Good luck to that! In a June 11 prior blogpost, I’ve characterized this summit a ‘squandered opportunity’ by Trump — https://lester978.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/a-squandered-summit-opportunity-why-the-trump-kim-talk-in-singapore-would-fizzle/

    Now, concerning the winners: Watching this haphazardly convened summit from afar, President Xi has to be…