2018 in review: Détente on the Korean Peninsula

It all started with sports diplomacy. Kim Jong Un, the young leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, presented an intelligence and confidence well beyond his years through brisk diplomacy with Seoul, Beijing and Washington, bringing Asia’s largest powder keg back from the brink of a nuclear war.

The rapprochement was the result of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s efforts to facilitate peace between the two Koreas, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s revival of the Sunshine policy and U.S. President Donald Trump’s unconventional policy toward Pyongyang. But the story is far from over. Meanwhile, the world is watching closely whether the rosy scenario will continue.

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