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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Can Donald Trump say the word "irrelevant"? ~ A Korean snub

Kim Jong-un's sister invites South Korean president to the North Korean capital Pyongyang. 

Kim Yo-jong’s meeting with Moon Jae-in was highest-level contact between countries in more than a decade.

It was international sports diplomacy at work!  In fact, North Koreans and the South Koreans have created their own opportunity to create diplomacy, without the confounding influence of the inept Donald Trump and Mike Pence interference.

Here is the handshake photograph seen around the world.
Photograph published in The Guardian
Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives.  History has shown how sports diplomacy exchanges increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people around the world.  (Remember the "Ping Pong" diplomacy, put a thaw in the Cold War, during the Richard Nixon administration*.)

Now, we see how Olympic diplomacy has transcended the fear created by the failed Donald Trump administration's attempt to intimidate North Korea. It looks like the North Koreans under Kim Jong un and the South Koreans will ignore Donald Trump and, instead, will give Olympic diplomacy a try.

Congratulations to the North Koreans and the South Koreans.

Can Donald Trump say the four syllable word "ir-rel-e-vant"?
Obviously, the Koreans decided it's better to snub the Donald Trump and Mike Pence administration. Rather, the two separate countries made the right decision to become productive in their diplomacy efforts.

*Cold War tensions between the United States and communist China were lessened thanks to an unlikely diplomatic tool: ping-pong. On April 10, 1971, the U.S. table tennis team arrived in China for a 10-day visit, becoming the first group of Americans in over 20 years to get a peek behind the “Bamboo Curtain.” Their trip led to a renewed dialogue between the two nations, opening the door for President Richard Nixon’s own China visit in 1972.

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