November 13th 2019
Japan and South Korea’s Trade and Political Conflicts
- History, Factors, and Implications.
(Limited Seats Available)
As of November 2019, the ongoing trade dispute between Japan and South Korea and the relations between the world’s third and eleventh largest economy shows little sign of improvement in the near future. Given the complex historical issues between the two East Asian nations, Japan and South Korea have a long history of animosity and conflict between each other despite both being US allies in East Asia.
Conflicts between Japan and South Korea were reignited when the newly-elected President Moon Jae-in of South Korea backtracked on a previous agreement with Japan regarding resolving the Comfort Women issues in 2017. Moon’s decision sparked protests from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government in Japan. The conflict further escalated and reached a tipping point when a South Korean court ruled to seize assets of a number of Japanese corporations in South Korea that were deemed to have failed to provide adequate compensation to the victims of forced labor during the Japanese colonial rule.
On July 1st, 2019, the Japanese government responded by announcing restrictions on three types of semiconductor materials export to South Korea. Additionally, the Japanese government excluded South Korea from its trade whitelist, which led to an unprecedented trade tension between the two countries. The Japanese government argued that the South Korean government did not comply with export control security regulations and ignored the Japanese government’s request to have a bilateral trade dialogue for three years.
What profound influences would the Japan-South Korea trade conflicts have on the world? This time, the China Development Think Tank (CDSTT) proudly presents its academic panel focuses on the trade disputes between Japan and South Korea on November 13th, 2019. The panel will discuss the factors and causes of the disputes, the impact of disputes on both countries’ economies and security, and the possible responses from the United States and China.
Past Event Highlights
On November 2, 2018,
CDSTT held its second discussion panel at the George Washington university.
Featuring Speakers: Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, and Dr. Won Kidane.
The first discussion panel held by CDSTT on April 10, 2018, at the George Washington University.
Featuring Speakers: Dr. David Shambaugh, Dr. Robert Sutter, and Dr. Qiang Xin.
On October 19, 2018,
CDSTT held its second career service workshop at the George Washington University.
Elizabeth Boesen (Career Coach at the GWU Career Center)
Gaofan Zhang: Alumni of the Geroge Washington University, Currently seeking a MA degree of International Affairs at the John Hopkins University.