* Date : 2019-08-10
South Korea and Japan are on the brink of full entering a trade war following Tokyo's whitelist revision. Its second economic retaliation came one month after placing its export curbs against Seoul.
South Korea is mulling countermeasures against Japan's move. Seoul has designated 159 strategic items, which are highly dependent on Japanese imports under special management. It also vowed to achieve a stable supply of 100 key items without Japan's help. It plans to stabilize the production of some 20 key materials in chip and automotive sectors within a year and work on boosting domestic production of other 80 items within the next five years. Korean companies have guaranteed to cooperate on maintaining healthy supply-and-demand between businesses. Meanwhile, private banks have promised to fund small and mid-sized firms expected to take substantial damage by Japan's measures. South Korea is also mulling the possibility of whether to withdraw from GSOMIA with Japan.
As South Korea-Japan ties continue to hit bottom, global media are expressing frustration toward Japan's move, which could disrupt the global supply chain. In this episode, we'll have several experts share their views on how the trade dispute would further develop and whether there are ways to resolve the deepening bilateral tensions.