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Singapore: At least some good headlines


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These days even cameramen are becoming a sensation in Singapore. When a North Korean TV journalist dared to leave Kim Jong Un's hotel for a moment, dozens of reporters immediately attacked the cameraman: stewards had to shield and accompany the poor fellow. Before the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un, the mood is simply over the top. Hundreds of reporters crowd in front of the two luxury hotels where the politicians and their delegations are staying.

They live only a few hundred meters apart, the area in between is besieged by police officers and journalists. Whole streets in the center of the financial metropolis are cordoned off. Singapore is in a state of emergency and provides the stage for a gigantic media show.

How could it be otherwise, shortly before this summit, which has good material for history books and comic books alike: Kim Jong Un, the outsider among state leaders, meets the probably most erratic US president of all time. Together they chat about nuclear war, peace and possibly their buddy, ex-basketball star Dennis Rodman. He's in town too - on an unofficial peacekeeping mission, they say. He also advertises potcoins. It's a cryptocurrency that can be used to invest in marijuana.

Singapore spends 12.5 million euros

The hype is welcome: the US President himself had finally declared the meeting to be a historic event. On the other hand, he also says that he doesn't have to prepare particularly for this big moment, the details will come later. You can't get rid of the feeling: If the result does not result in world peace, then at least a few good headlines. This applies not only to the protagonists, but also to supporting actors, reporters and also the host Singapore.

Singapore is spending the equivalent of more than 12.5 million euros on the summit - the bill is on the house, so to speak. After all, the meeting was "conducive to the security and stability of the entire region," said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The commitment is not entirely unselfish, the small city-state with around five million inhabitants wants to use its brief assignment as a world stage: "It's also about publicity," Lee told journalists during a visit to the press center.

Singapore has already shown that it is capable of hosting historic summits. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's then President Ma Ying Jeou also met here in 2015 - the first meeting of two heads of state of the two countries since 1949. The current mega-event, however, goes beyond the dimensions. Mainly because it had to be organized within a few weeks.

As was to be expected, Singapore masters the challenge. The city-state set up an accreditation system for thousands of journalists from all over the world in no time at all. A Japanese TV station alone sent 100 employees. The reporters from all over the world are housed in the main building of the Formula 1 track. With its huge canvases and seating decorated with ceilings, it now looks like a mixture of ballroom and NASA command center.