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Singapore's diplomatic ties with North Korea and its relative proximity made the Southeast Asian city-state a natural choice for the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump announced in a tweet Thursday the two leaders would meet in Singapore on June 12 .Singapore is familiar ground for the reclusive communist country, which has its embassy in Singapore's central business district.Singapore is sometimes decried by civil libertarians as repressive.North Korea's state companies have, in the past, conducted legal and illegal business dealings with Singaporean companies.Singapore also is welcome ground for the United States. Located just over 4,800 kilometers from North Korea, Singapore is comfortably within the flying range of its aircraft.In 2015, Singapore was the site of another unprecedented summit between two leaders burdened with a legacy of mutual distrust: Chinese President Xi Jinping and rival Taiwan's then-President Ma Ying-jeou, the first such meeting since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 .
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