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The Japanese-South Korean Trade Dispute: Ramifications and the Path Forward

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

Japan and South Korea have recently imposed rulings that impact each other’s financial interests and risk triggering a strategic trade war. During previous spikes in tensions, bilateral economic and security sectors were not involved and instead served as moderating influences. That changed for the worse last year. Strained bilateral economic relations undermine U.S. allied diplomatic and security coordination to deal with the North Korean threat. What role should Washington play in resolving disputes between two critically important Asian allies?

Join us as a distinguished panel of experts discusses the Japanese – South Korean trade dispute and its economic, security, and strategic ramifications.

Panel I – Competing Views and Economic Considerations
(1:30 – 3:00 p.m.)

  • Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

  • Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program, The Stimson Center

  • Riley Walters, Policy Analyst for Asia Economy and Technology,
    The Heritage Foundation

Panel II – Implications for Economics, Security, and U.S. Strategic Objectives
(3:00 – 4:30 p.m.)

  • Matthew Goodman, Senior Vice President, Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, and the Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • James Schoff, Senior Fellow, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  • Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security Chair, The Hudson Institute

Hosted by
Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation