As tensions flare between Tokyo and Seoul, expectations of Washington stepping up to get the neighbours back on good terms are much lower than before. Photo: AP

Japan and South Korea are at odds, but the US won’t get involved. Is it because of Kim Jong-un?

  • As a dispute over Korean forced labourers spirals into a burgeoning trade war between Tokyo and Seoul, Washington is reluctant to step in
  • Analysts say part of the reason is that Pyongyang, the strongest argument for cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul, is seen to have receded as a threat
Topic |   Japan

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As tensions flare between Tokyo and Seoul, expectations of Washington stepping up to get the neighbours back on good terms are much lower than before. Photo: AP
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Analysts say that if global microchip supply lines are threatened, Chinese firms like Huawei may benefit. Photo: Reuters

How China can win a ‘trade war’ between Japan and South Korea

  • Chinese companies including Huawei are well-placed to capitalise as Seoul and Tokyo take aim at each other’s tech firms, analysts say
  • Meanwhile, Beijing’s diplomats have another reason to smile
Topic |   Japan

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Analysts say that if global microchip supply lines are threatened, Chinese firms like Huawei may benefit. Photo: Reuters
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