HANOI -- The Vietnamese government has issued a commemorative stamp for the Feb. 27-28 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, in another sign the Southeast Asian country is looking to make the most of playing host to the two leaders.
The 4,000-dong (about 19 yen) stamp features two hands locked in a handshake, one emblazoned with the North Korean flag and the other with the Stars and Stripes. The Vietnamese flag hovers in the upper left corner, as if keeping a benevolent eye on proceedings.
Background designs include doves in flight as a symbol of peace, bamboo -- which plays a role in Vietnamese culture and daily life -- and Khue Van pavilion, an early 19th century gate in Hanoi's Temple of Literature and a symbol of the city.
The government has said it hopes the stamps will get the message out worldwide that "Vietnam is a safe and friendly country," and that "Hanoi is a city of peace."
Two million of the stamps have been released. Three hundred commemorative silver coins have also been issued.
(Japanese original by Shinichi Nishiwaki, Asia General Bureau)