Se­cu­rity tight in Sin­ga­pore as Trump-Kim meet­ing nears

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - NEWS - Thomas Maresca

SEOUL – If there’s any­thing Sin­ga­pore is known for, it’s law and or­der.

The wealthy city-state of 5.5 mil­lion fa­mously fines peo­ple thou­sands of dol­lars for lit­ter­ing, has banned chew­ing gum from the streets and still uses can­ing as a punishment for mi­nor crimes.

Sin­ga­pore’s se­cu­rity is also leg­endary, which is one ma­jor rea­son it was se­lected for the his­toric meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, slated to be held Tues­day at the five-star Capella Re­sort on Sen­tosa Is­land.

The coun­try has pulled off other high-stakes meet­ings in the past, in­clud­ing a 2015 sum­mit be­tween Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Tai­wan’s then-pres­i­dent, Ma Ying-jeou. Sin­ga­pore also hosts a ma­jor de­fense con­fer­ence ev­ery year that draws po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and mil­i­tary brass from around the world.

While it’s sched­uled for one day, Sin­ga­pore has de­clared the TrumpKim sum­mit an “en­hanced se­cu­rity spe­cial event,” with spe­cial rules in ef­fect from Sun­day to Thurs­day. A se­cu­rity perime­ter will cover Sen­tosa Is­land as well as the shore­line of the main­land and ex­tend about 650 feet out to sea. Sin­ga­pore’s airspace will also be tightly re­stricted.

Height­ened se­cu­rity checks of peo­ple and ve­hi­cles will be in ef­fect, and a wide range of items are banned, in­clud­ing any­thing that could be used to make pub­lic state­ments or protests, such as aerosol paint cans, loud­speak­ers, and large flags and ban­ners.

Banned items in­clude any­thing that could be used to protest, such as aerosol paint cans or loud­speak­ers.

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