The summit of the century: how much will it all cost?

  • 11 June 2018
  • From the section Business
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Media captionKarishma Vaswani looks at the makeup of North Korea's economy

The much anticipated summit of the century between the US and North Korea has arrived - and Singapore is playing host. The world's media is here, hotels are booked out, security is on high alert and both leaders have brought big delegations. So what will it cost?

Sun, sand and the sea - it is why most tourists come to Singapore's resort island of Sentosa.

The small enclave, off the coast of the mainland is also known as the island of peace and tranquility in the local language. But on Tuesday Sentosa plays host to what's being called the greatest show on earth - featuring arguably two of the most volatile leaders on the planet - United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Whether or not the two leaders come to any sort of agreement aside, it is clear that this summit is going to cost a fortune.

The damage for Singapore? $20 million Singapore dollars ($15m; £11m), according to the government.

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Is the US-China trade war back on?

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Image caption The Trump administration now appears to be escalating trade tensions with Beijing

On again, off again. The Trump administration seems to have a knack for keeping everyone guessing - not just on the North Korean summit - but also on trade.

So, is the US-China trade war back on?

Trade talks versus trade wars

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North Korea-US talks: Kim is in this for economic guarantees

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North Korea's belligerent threat to call off landmark talks with the US - currently slated for 12 June in Singapore - is a remarkable turnaround.

Just last month, the world watched on as North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un planted peace trees and held hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Why North Korea's Kim Jong-un feels comfortable with Singapore

  • 11 May 2018
  • From the section Asia
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Image caption The Kims are said to feel comfortable in Singapore, even visiting the country for medical tests

After weeks of speculation it's finally been announced - tiny little Singapore will host the historic Trump-Kim Jong-un summit.

The "little red dot" beat the DMZ, Mongolia and even Beijing as a place for the meeting to be held.

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Corruption, money and Malaysia's election

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Image caption Mahathir Mohamad served as prime minister before, for 22 years

Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has just been sworn in as prime minister of Malaysia.

It is hard to overstate what a feat this is.

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Why a US-China trade war could hurt Asia

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is heading to Beijing to talk trade with China.

Both sides have imposed tariffs on each others' goods, though they're yet to be implemented.

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Is Paytm's founder India's happiest boss?

  • 20 April 2018
  • From the section Business
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India's youngest billionaire broke all the rules in 2010 when he started the digital payment company, Paytm.

Fast forward to today, and Vijay Shekhar Sharma, 39, is the owner and chief executive of India's second-most valuable internet firm.

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Should the West suspect Chinese tech?

  • 17 April 2018
  • From the section Business
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Both the US and UK have issued warnings about the Chinese technology and telecoms giant ZTE.

The decision by the US Commerce Department to ban American firms from selling equipment to ZTE for the next seven years dates back to a case from a few years ago, when ZTE was accused by the US government of violating sanctions against Iran.

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China's Uber has plans to take on the rest of the world

  • 13 April 2018
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You've probably already heard of China's Didi Chuxing. It's the ride-hailing firm best known for driving Uber off China's streets.

It is now also the world's largest ride-hailing app, and with its worth currently at $56bn (£39.4bn), it is also the world's most valuable start-up.

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Why Grab boss sees a world where 'local champions' rise

  • 6 April 2018
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The first thing you notice about Anthony Tan is that he wears a big silver cross around his neck. And that he has great skin.

He credits his strong belief system for much of his success, and even in his language, the word "serve" comes up numerous times.

Read full article Why Grab boss sees a world where 'local champions' rise