‘Trump-Kim summit unlikely to have great impact on world’
Donald Trump is a huge showman and his despotic tendencies became all the more apparent when he extended his hand in friendship to Kim Jong-un, the autocratic and reclusive leader of North Korea. Trump had mocked Kim as “little rocket man”. In return, the US president was given the moniker “deranged dotard”. Yet despite such insults from Pyongyang, Trump still went out of his way to please Kim and both the ego-manics got on like a house on fire. The Singapore Summit on 13 June 2018 was little more than an exercise in gimmickry and it has achieved nothing in concrete terms. If anything, it has strengthened Kim’s hand and he is more powerful than ever at home and abroad. China has played a vital role in these developments. Military exercises between the US and South Korea have been suspended to please the petty dictator and of course the summit is already a forgotten affair because of huge immigration problems for Trump at home in America. Now Trump is on an offensive with his own allies and he even resorted to calling Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau “dishonest”.
He has also imposed tariffs on his country’s European allies who have countered his move in a tit-for-tat offensive. Despite all the brinkmanship, lies and false promises, it is clear that the world is a much more dangerous place that it used to be prior to Trump beginning his presidency. Trump, a racist and sexist American loudmouth, is simply incapable of performing anything positive for world peace and this is especially clear from his retrogressive policies on Palestine and human rights. Pyongyang’s war of words with Washington may have ended but Kim is still purging his opponents with extreme ruthlessness. The caging of children taken away from their parents for illegally crossing the US-Mexican border caused such outrage that even the first lady Melania Trump decided to oppose her own husband. Of course, as a past illegal immigrant herself, Melania probably thought of how horrible it would be if she were separated from her son Barron Trump?
Below we look at our recent event on the summit and what it means for the rest of the world.
Expressing his views on the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un held earlier in June and its impact on world politics, former senator and federal information minister Javed Jabbar said it was not expected to have any great impact globally. “Here is USA, the bully telling little North Korea to denuclearise and putting undue focus on them while forgetting about the other nuclear weapon states, including the United Kingdom,” he said on Saturday at an event at The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA).
Explaining more in depth the regional implications of the summit, Mr Jabbar said there were seven. He said:
First, there is a population difference between North and South Koreas with 25 million as the population of North Korea and 51 million people in South Korea. But the bigger difference is between the economies of both Koreas with North Korea having a GDP of $25 billion and South Korea of $1.4 trillion. Kim Jong-un’s own assets are worth $5 billion.
The second regional implication, he said, was that US aid going to South Korea. The third one was about the relations between America and China and China’s relationship with both North and South Koreas. The fourth implication was the intense relationship of both Koreas with Japan during World War II with the fifth one having to do with Russia’s helping North Korea in war against the US. The sixth implication could be the fallout on ASEAN countries while the seventh would be how all the countries of the world were affected in the global context of the summit.
“There are so many things to consider in a bilateral summit such as this,” said Mr Jabbar. “There are also things such as conflict management and conflict resolution to think about with countries such as Vietnam and Japan, both of which enjoy friendly relations with the US,” he said.
“Will this be a model for others to follow?” he said. “But it would be a deceptive model,” he answered his own question, adding that dramatic summits such as that did not really take place in a vacuum as there must have been many secret meetings and talks preceding it.
“There is too much asymmetry here,” he said. “Can there be two nations so different as North Korea and the US holding a summit? It is for the first time in the nuclear weapon history that such a small country such as North Korea decides to threaten America. You don’t see small countries with small populations and a deficient economy challenging giants. Among the nine nuclear states this is the only one to make such a strong song and dance about their weapons,” he said.
Finally, he pointed out that the summit would only have an impact in the bilateral sense as it would ease some tension between North Korea and America. As he said:
The world, meanwhile, will have to do its own work to protect itself from nuclear weapons.
The summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-Un will decide new directions of conflict resolution in the work. China had played a crucial role regarding the summit between the two leaders.These views were expressed by former federal information minister and Senator Javed Jabbar while speaking on “The summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un and its impact on world politics,” at Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) on 30 June 2018.
“Although no concrete decision was taken at this summit, however many unusual points were included in the declaration of this meeting. It was not expected to have any great impact globally. Here is the USA, the bully telling little North Korea to denuclearize and putting undue focus on them while forgetting about the other nuclear weapon states”, Javed Jabbar said.
It was a good sign that two leaders sat together and discussed various issues to improve the situation. A one-on-one meeting was also held. He said there was no commitment from any side regarding de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
He said North Korea is very small economy as compared to South Korea. According to data, the North Korean GDP was around $25 billion while the South Korean economy was over $1.4 trillion. In the same way, the living standard of people in South Korea was very much better than the people in North Korea.
The second regional implication, he said, was that US aid going to South Korea. The third one was about the relations between America and China and China’s relationship with both North and South Koreas. The fourth implication was the intense relationship of both Koreas with Japan during World War II with the fifth one having to do with Russia’s helping North Korea in the war against the US. The sixth implication could be the fallout on ASEAN countries while the seventh would be how all the countries of the world were affected in the global context of the summit.
It is for the first time in the nuclear weapon history that a small country such as North Korea decided to threaten America. Jabber said that we do not see small countries with small populations and a deficient economy challenging giants.
“Finally,” he pointed out that the summit would only have an impact in the bilateral sense as it would ease some tension between North Korea and America. “The world, meanwhile, will have to do its own work to protect itself from nuclear weapons.”
Responding a query, Javed Jabbar said Pakistan and India had shown the extraordinary maturity of holding nuclear weapons. He said Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are very safe and secure.
Chairperson of PIIA, Dr Masuma Hasan also spoke on this occasion and thanked the guests for attending this event. The lecture was followed by a comprehensive questions-answers session.
Events by PIIA
Coverage of our recent events can be found via the links below:
- ‘The Arab World in Turmoil’: A Talk by Ambassador Karamatullah Ghori
- Former Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi Addresses PIIA Members
- The Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy and Pakistan: A Talk by Yukiya Amano
- A Talk by Dr Olena Bordilovska on ‘The Foreign Policy of Independent Ukraine’
- A Talk on National Security in Pakistan by NSA General Nasser Khan Janjua
- Adviser Sartaj Aziz: The Role of Russia and China is Vital for Regional Changes
- ‘The Legacy of Barack Obama’: A Talk by Ambassador Karamatullah Ghori
- Pakistan’s Seventieth Anniversary and International Relations in 2017
- ‘A German Perspective on Pakistan and its Big Neighbours’: A Talk by Professor Conrad Schetter
- ‘The Future of Afghanistan’: A Talk by Professor Marvin Weinbaum
- Pakistan and the Panama Papers
- Dr Bärbel Kofler: Transferring the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights into Practice in Germany
- Dr Gunter Mulack: Crisis in the Middle East: A German Perspective
- Ahmed Rashid: Continuing Search for Stability: Pakistan and Afghanistan
- Regional Challenges and Opportunities for South Asia in the Decades Ahead
- A Talk by Ambassador Brigitta Blaha on Austria’s Foreign Policy
- Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public
- Mani Shankar Aiyar: Continuity and Change in India’s Foreign Policy
- The Middle East in Turmoil: A Talk by Ambassador Karamatullah Ghori
- ‘The Future of Syria’: A Talk by H.E. Ambassador Radwan Loutfi