Sputnik discussed this issue with Dr. Ching Chang, Research Fellow, Society for Strategic Studies, Republic of China, based in Taipei.
Sputnik: Donald Trump said signing the deal after the summit in Hanoi was not 'appropriate' at the moment. In your view, what happened during the talks and why was there no agreement signed?
Dr. Ching Chang: The nature of the political summit is very different from commercial negotiation. Mr. Trump would like to leave the final decision at scene personally made by himself. Nonetheless, this is not the modus operandi of International political reconciliation. Everything should be well-prepared and a prior understanding should be already reviewed by the leadership on both side. The leadership takes the final shot should be the formality of a prior agreement before the summit. Mr. Trump likes to play the game by himself. Once the other side, Kim of the North Korea, has no interest to match with Trump's dance steps, it is no surprise to see a summit with no result.
Sputnik: How much substance was there to this meeting in the first place?
Dr. Ching Chang: With no prior understanding well achieved, in terms of international politics, less substance can be expected. However, for Kim, the summit offering a great opportunity for his international exposure, which is a prestigious achievement to enhance his leadership back home. A summit with no result is a catastrophic curse for Trump to face the ongoing domestic political wrestling with the Congress.
Dr. Ching Chang: Highly unlikely, the international sanctions already existed for years, it will be a surprise to lift it so easily. Particularly, it is a sanction made by United Nations, not the United States. Washington has no position to change any multi-lateral resolution with unilateral promise anyway. Although Kim has very few bargaining chips to loss, neither Trump may have many leverages to exercise.
Sputnik: What are the most important results of the summit? What did it not achieve?
Dr. Chang is the leading security expert specifically on military affairs and international relations in Taiwan. He is also a retired navy captain commanded a tank landing ship before.
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