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S. Korea, Japan row: ? Implications for Economics, Security, and U.S. Strategic Objectives Expert's view Patrick Cronin Updated: 2019-08-09 05:14:41 KST

As part of our week-long interview series seeking perspective from various experts across the globe, today, we take a step into whether Japan's latest string of tightening export controls on South Korea and security and economic implications from the escalating Seoul, Tokyo dispute.
Joining us live from Washington, D.C. is Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair at the Hudson Institute. He was formerly VP at the CSIS.

Pat, thanks for joining us this morning.

You've publicly discussed extensively on the ongoing Japan, South Korea trade spat - in your view, are the latest actions taken by Japan serving that country's overall interest? Can we say the move is purely non-political?

The tit-for-tat retaliation between the two - what are some economic ramifications on the two economies - especially on key industries semiconductors, obviously, in South Korea, but which industry in Japan will feel the blow the hardest?

Could a trade dispute between the world's third and twelfth largest economies have knock-on effects for the regional or global economy?

Not only in economy, but South Korea and Japan have been part of a trilateral security alliance with the U.S. in the face of pressing security threats on the Korean Peninsula. How does the escalating trade row dent Japan's strategic interest?

Do you think the U.S. will rise to the occasion and try to find a way to nudge its two Asian allies toward a dispute resolution? How do you foresee the Seoul, Tokyo row settle or can we not see the light at the end of this tunnel?

Patrick M. Cronin, Asia-Pacific Chair at Washington-based Hudson Institute many thanks for your insights this morning. We appreciate it.
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