The leaders of the two
The summit occurs in the context of the regional powers and their interactions. Russian President Vladimir Putin appears full of surprises, no one knows just what he will do next, but Moscow’s comments seem to point toward a looming return to the Cold War.
The year is 2000. The summit is between Kim Jong Il and Kim Dae Jung.
How little has changed, how much has changed.
In 2000, the summit was all the news all the time.
In 2007, it is barely noticed.
In 2000, there was a groundbreaking coming out party for the mysterious Kim Jong Il.
In 2007, Kim is a known entity.
In 2000, there was real hope and concern for some fundamental shift in inter-Korean relations.
In 2007, reality prevails, and the geopolitical constraints on the two
Inter-Korean cooperation is a positive thing, much preferable to constant hostilities. Inter-Korean trade has more than tripled since 2000.