Wednesday, July 17, 2019
A lengthy meeting on July 12 failed to resolve the dispute. Tokyo may activate a much wider range of export restrictions later this month, when Seoul will also bring a complaint to the WTO.
- The Trump administration, seemingly unconcerned so far, may now be about to attempt mediation, which would improve the outlook.
- Pyongyang and Beijing are the greatest beneficiaries of the row.
- Adopting the Trump playbook undermines Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s professed stance as defender of a liberal global trading regime.