04 June 2018
Perhaps one of the most discussed issues of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue is how to de-escalate the conflict in the Korean Peninsula.
“But from what I know and understand so far, their idea of denuclearization is so different. For the U.S., it’s the denuclearization of the DPRK, for the DPRK, when they talk about denuclearization, it’s always denuclearization of the whole peninsula — which means the U.S. has to remove its (troops) from ROK,” said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).
Shawn Ho, another research fellow at RSIS expressed more optimism about the summit, and said that a trilateral summit between the U.S. and the DPRK and the ROK could follow on the heels of the Kim-Trump Summit.
“China will also be watching developments very closely in order to decide its next course of action,” he said, hinting at a four-way meeting for talks of denuclearization progress.
“China is a major stakeholder regarding the future of the Korean Peninsula and major decisions regarding the peninsula will also require consultations with China.”
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 05/06/2018