Trade Wars Strike Back: Dr. June Park
Amid the maelstrom of the drama around diplomacy with North Korean, it’s easy to forget that South Korea and the United States are engaged in a fairly serious trade dispute over tariffs that Washington imposed on imported solar panels and washing machines.
This has caused significant tensions at a time when these long-time security allies need to be in lock step to advance the denuclearization of North Korea.
Our guest today, Dr. June Park is a political economist who has been carefully monitoring the ongoing dispute for years. She is currently an adjunct professor of Global Affairs at the George Mason University Korea and a Non-resident James A. Kelly Korea Fellow at the Pacific Forum.
She is the author of a KEI report on the effects of the U.S.-China trade war on Korea’s solar panel industry, which you can find in the link below:
Dr. Park speaks with KEI's Junil Kim on what factors are driving the current trade frictions and what could be done to alleviate these tensions.