Sum­mit venue picked for se­cu­rity rea­sons

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, due to se­cu­rity rea­sons, has cho­sen a five-star se­cluded ho­tel on Sin­ga­pore’s Sen­tosa Is­land for next week’s sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a source fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion said Wed­nes­day.

US se­cu­rity author­i­ties have re­garded the Capella Sin­ga­pore ho­tel, se­questered by for­est and sea, as an ideal lo­ca­tion al­low­ing com­plete con­trol of ac­cess to and from it, the source said.

“Sin­ga­pore never proposed (the venue), the Amer­i­cans chose it,” said the source, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The White House an­nounced Tues­day the sum­mit to dis­cuss North Korea’s de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion will be held at the ho­tel, which sits atop a small round hill on 30 acres of man­i­cured grounds, with rain­for­est on one side and the South China Sea on the other.

The ho­tel, de­signed by Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Nor­man Foster, is shaped like a fig­ure 8 and is fronted by two beau­ti­fully pre­served and re­stored old white colo­nial military build­ings to wel­come guests.

The ho­tel is owned by Pontiac Land Group, con­trolled by the Sin­ga­porean Kwee fam­ily. The source said as North Kore­ans do not trust ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ho­tel brands, own­er­ship of the ho­tel was a key fac­tor.

It has 112 gue­strooms, with rates start­ing at about S$700 (K711,000/ US$525) a night.

The most expensive of them are the Colo­nial Manors vil­las, which are spa­cious vil­las com­ing with three bed­rooms, a stately din­ing room, a study, lounge room and a mini lap-pool, and cost S$15,000 per night to stay in.

Kim and Trump are likely to stay in dif­fer­ent five-star ho­tels in town, with sources telling Ky­odo News that the US pres­i­dent will be us­ing the Shangri-la Ho­tel. – Ky­odo

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