Trump could try to sell North Korea a Vietnam model. But

The night before his historic summit with US President Donald Trump last June, North Kore

an leader Kim Jong Un took a surprise stroll in downtown Singapore to see the sights of the wealthy capitalist city.

The inference seemed clear. If cash-strapped Pyongyang chooses to engage the world — and ditch its nuclear weapons — this could be its future.

Trump and Kim will this month have an even more symbolic backdrop for their next mee

ting: Vietnam, a country which transformed itself from bitter US enemy to peaceful partner in less than 50 years.

Experts believe the Trump administration plans to sell North Korea on a model such as communist Vietnam, hig

hlighting its relationship with Washington as well as its economic boom since adopting market reforms. And all th

e North Koreans have to do, Washington is expected to say, is give up their nukes.

Yet analysts are wary such a sales pitch will produce any tangible outcome. North Korea

knows how capitalism and market economies work: it’s just chosen not to embrace them.

China has for years been prodding the North to embrace economic reform, dragging for

mer North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on tours of capitalist enterprises whenever he visited.

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Vietnam’s path from a mortal enemy to a friendly partn

  United States is particularly appealing to North Korea, who believes a good relationship with the United States can h

elp create the right environment and necessary conditions for achieving North Korea’s new strategic drive toward ec

onomic development,” said Tong Zhao, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.

  The concept isn’t new, of course. During his time as an Asia expert at the State Department in the Clinton administration, Evans Revere said negoti

ators working with North Korea were even then trying to point them to Vietnam, which was beginning to reap t

he benefits of market reforms and becoming a member of good international standing.

  ”We thought, somewhat naively back then, that this would appeal to the North Koreans gre

atly and that our commitments to work with them on bringing about a modernized economy w

ould be so attractive … that they would stand down from their nuclear weapons program. We were wrong,” Revere said.

  ”If all of these incentives or this incentive-based approach to coaxing North Korea do

wn a new path did not work when they didn’t have nuclear weapons, and it didn’t work to prevent th

em from developing nuclear weapons, why will it work now that they are in effect a nuclear weapons state?”

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he eclectic nature of the winners — including several surprises

  seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races i

n years, given the lack of consensus among guild awards leading up to Sunday’s event.

  Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset

seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to m

ake her a presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for wi

nning.)s for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, including an early jo

ke from Maya Rudolph that among the things that wouldn’t be happening during the telecast, “Mexico is not paying for the w

all.” For his part, Malek referenced being a first-generation American, the son of Egyptian immigrants.

  Still, the most overt and rousing rejoinder belonged to Spik

e Lee — a winner for adapted screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” — who pointed to

the 2020 election, urging people to “be on the right side of history. Let’s do the right thing!” Congressman and civil-rig

hts icon John Lewis also received a prolonged ovation, introducing “Green Book.”

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Xi stresses role of finance in serving real economyBEIJING

general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, underscored that China should deepen supply-side

structural reform in the financial sector and strengthen the sector’s ability to serve the real economy.

Xi made the remarks when presiding over a group study session of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau Friday afternoon.

The country should keep a fine balance between maintaining growth and forestalling risks and deal with risks in key areas

in a targeted and effective manner, he said, adding that China should deepen opening-up of the financial sector.

Xie Duo, Party secretary and chairman of Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd, briefed on the issue and made suggestions.

Xi pointed out that finance is a core competitiveness of a country, financial security is an im

portant part of national security, and the financial system is a major fundamental system in the process of economic and social development.

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So the fact that the to-and-fro is still in progress this far

down the line highlight that there is a shared desire to secure an accord that delivers on the rapport that has been established — also perhaps beyond both side’s expectations.

But it would be getting ahead of the situation to consider the final push tow

ard a consensus on principled, mutually beneficial cooperation all done and

dusted. That consensus, which President Xi identified as the objectiv

e of the talks when he met with the US negotiators after the previous round of neg

otiations in Beijing, has still not been completed, and probably will not be until the two leaders meet to agree on the final det

ails. But there is no doubt that both sides are aware of how momentous such a consensus would be, beyond the tangible rewards it would offer both cou

ntries. For if the two sides can iron out their core differences by abiding by the principles of mutual respect and m

utual benefit, it would reset their relationship in a way that would bode well for the future.

History in the past four decades shows that the two countries benefit in an all-around wa

y from harmonious trade and economic relations, as they provide the ballast for their relationship.

There is obviously still more work to be done. However, if neither side puts a foot wrong, a deal will finally be signed sooner or later.

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uventus beaten at Atletico to leave Ronaldo on brink

  Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.

  For so long, Juventus has dominated in Italy, winning seven successive league titles with an eighth almost inevitable.

  But it is the Champions League crown that it craves. Ronaldo was s

upposed to be the man to deliver for a club that has lost out twice in the final in the past four years.

  When Juventus turned to Ronaldo, a five-time winner, chasing a record-equ

aling sixth Champions League title, it was to inspire the team on nights like Wednesday.

  Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) have conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atletico Madrid.

  Yet, on a Wednesday night in Madrid, the city where he enjoyed such success with Re

al, he was unable to add to his career tally of 22 against the former neighbor.

  For Atletico Madrid, a team that has felt the full force of Ronaldo’s irrepressible scor

ing record during his time at Real, this 2-0 victory in the first leg of the last 16 tie was particularly sweet.

  Two second-half goals from Uruguayan defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin secured the advantage for Diego Simeone’s side.

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Diego Godin fires home his side’s second with the aid of a defle

  READ: Liverpool held as fans protest over ‘greedy’ ticket prices

  Ahead of the game, much had been made of Ronaldo’s return to Madrid, the city w

here he spent nine years with Real, winning the Champions League on four occasions.

  His reported $117million move to Juventus last July brought an end to his glorious ti

me in Spain and opened an exciting new chapter with a club desperate to win Europe’s top prize.

  But that chapter may have to wait for a happy ending if this result is anything to go by.

  Atletico, which was deprived of the lead by a contentious refereeing dec

ision following a review by the Video Assistant Referee, will surely be favorite to pr

ogress to the quarterfinal.Alvaro Morata’s thumping header appeared to have given the home side the lead only for

the referee to rule out the effort for a foul after watching a replay on the pitchside screen.

  The decision riled Atletico, though it need not have worried as Gimenez fired home from close range with 12 minutes remaining.

  Godin added a second five minutes later, his shot taking a slight deflection off Ronaldo on its way into the net.

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Who does she think these mespeople that are sages come from?

  ”The people that are making those threats, I’m guessing, are the ones that killed my son. They may feel like we’re talking about this too much,” says Pricil.

  Her two other sons, Sins Dmitri and Jovency agree.

  ”But we’ll never give up,” says Dmitri.

  An earthquake in 2010 and successive hurricanes have destroyed much of Haiti’s infrastructure that hadn’t already collapsed under corruption and government mismanagement.

  Haiti protesters take the day to gather food and water as they prepare for more possible conflict

  Haiti protesters take the day to gather food and water as they prepare for more possible conflict

  Rage at life stripped of any apparent hope that things will get better is a clear motivation for the riots that gripped the country that began two days before Roberto was killed on February 9.

  Promises from the Prime Minister might serve to dilute some of that immediate anger. But the country is teetering on the brink of more chaos, with further protests being threatened by opposition leaders.

  But the rule of law in the form of government has already largely slipped away in the slums, which have become no-go areas for police.

  Roberto’s death has reinforced a widespread view among the poor that the state is their enemy.

  A sad irony — given that his ambition had always been to be a policeman.

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If the UK government approves the use of Huawei techn

  ology in 5G networks, close allies might be less inclined to work with it in the future, the RUSI report warned.

  America’s fight with Huawei is messing with the world‘s 5G plans

  Britain is part of the intelligence-sharing group know

n as Five Eyes, which also includes the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

  ”The maintenance of a ‘Five Eyes standard’ of cyber security in telecommunications is a vital strategic and secur

ity interest, the loss of which would go far beyond a reduction in intelligence reports exchanged and might lea

d to the UK being excluded from work on developing future technologies for intelligence collection,” the report said.

  It also advised devoting more resources to protecting British universities, where technology of interest to Beijing may be under development.

  ”Ultimately, the United Kingdom’s goal must be genuine reciproc

ity and an equal, mature and comprehensive relationship with China,” the report said.

  Jethro Mullen contributed to this report.

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By trying to consolidate foothold in CEE, Washington

After the aggressive speech by US Assistant Secretary Aaron Wess Mitchell in late October advocating the US to win influence in

Central and Eastern Europe, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo recently visited Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.

Although Pompeo’s visit covered a wide array of issues including the Middle East, China, Russia, energy

, and security, they pointed to US ambitions in winning the race for influence in Central and Eastern Europe.

Since US President Donald Trump took office, US capabilities have been on the decline along with its willingness to prov

ide public goods to the international community. Although Washington clings to America First doctrine, it doesn’t mean it f

ollows a path of isolationism. The US sometimes provides regional goods to rebuild rules that are more favorable to it.

The US strategy in Central and Eastern Europe follows this logic.

The most important US presence in Central and Eastern Europe i

s the security cooperation under the NATO security framework. If the US wants to s

trengthen its clout in this region, it must win favor from those countries that strike a balance among major powers.

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