Japan’s use of export controls to upset NE Asia security framework | 2019-07-17

Japan’s use of export controls to upset NE Asia security framework

17 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

TOKYO: Japan’s plan to remove South Korea from its “white list” of countries receiving favorable treatment in security terms is being read as an attempt to go beyond economic retaliation and reshape the security framework in Northeast Asia.

South Korea and Japan’s security aims have grown farther apart since China’s rise in 2010 to surpass Japan as the world’s second-largest economic power and the rapid changes in the security situation unfolding around the Korean Peninsula and the US since last year, report agencies.

Under this set of circumstances, the Shinzo Abe administration has effectively moved to take advantage of the conflict over the Supreme Court rulings ordering compensation for forced labor mobilization to pressure South Korea into accepting Japan’s strategic aims.

To start, Japan’s references to “violations of North Korea sanctions” without any clear basis in fact and its overblown claims of the potential for diversion of strategic goods to produce sarin gas are seen as taking direct aim at Seoul’s Korean Peninsula peace process – sending a calculated message to insist that Japan’s role and demands on Korean Peninsula are accepted.


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