back to article Who's for another trade war? Japan hits South Korea, Seoul survivor promises to retaliate

The Japanese government has announced it will remove South Korea from its list of trusted export destinations, adding fuel to the fire of the ongoing trade conflict between the two countries. The so-called "white list" – or Group A – consists of 27 countries free to import goods that have both civilian and military …

  1. hplasm Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Hmm...

    In the East, there are arguments over fluorinated polyimides.

    In the West, it's about coal and aspirin...

  2. confused and dazed
    Alert

    resistors are futile

    he products affected by controls included "fluorinated polyimides, used to make organic light-emitting diode displays; resistors used in semiconductor production; and hydrogen fluoride, used as an etching gas in chipmaking," according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

    I thibk they mean "resists" not resistors - as in photo-resists used in lithography of chips ....

  3. JassMan Silver badge
    Mushroom

    An unfortunate turn of phrase

    "US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously called on the two countries to bury the hatchet"

    Often, one party thinks the best place to bury the hatchet is in the other party's head.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: An unfortunate turn of phrase

      The US could start by setting a good example.

      1. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

        Re: An unfortunate turn of phrase

        The US could start by setting a good example

        That would involve the people at the top having morals, ethics and intelligence..

  4. }{amis}{ Silver badge
    Facepalm

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously called on the two countries to bury the hatchet

    Pot meet kettle!

  5. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Probably bad for Japan

    All the lessons people learned after the Kobi earthquake cut off supplies of black IC cover plastic are back again - you can't have Japan as sole source for your supplies, however convenient.

    I imagine China is making sure that it has domestic suppliers for all the vital ingredients, and will be willing to sell them to anyone that is having a problem with western suppliers. That's the nice thing about the Chinese - they aren't going to let politics get in the way of making money.

    1. Reg Reader 1

      Re: Probably bad for Japan

      Yes, as a matter of national security any nation that has the resources (natural, technical and financial) should develop the ability to complete important supply chains. As a Canadian, I'm pointing at my own country. If Trump has highlighted anything it is that no other country can be counted on as a suppler of anything, especially military and high tech equipment.

      To be fair, due Corporations being allowed to write and set their own tax deductions and loopholes, I'm not sure Canada has the financial ability to do the above.

    2. jelabarre59 Silver badge

      Re: Probably bad for Japan

      That's the nice thing about the Chinese - they aren't going to let politics get in the way of making money.

      No, the Chinese would rather have the money in order to maintain their politics... As in an iron-fisted domination over it's own population.

  6. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Enemies telling you to hate your friends

    War sucks, war is brutal, war is desperate, war murders everyone, war isn't fair, and there are no good people in a war. Get over WWII. If there's anything to learn, it's to avoid war. With China and N. Korea getting stronger, now would be a good time for Japan and S. Korea to become better friends. This growing resentment is way too easy to exploit.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Enemies telling you to hate your friends

      But if the economy is looking a it bad and you don't ave any immigrants to blame it's a good technique to distract the peasants.

      Of course it would never work here

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Enemies telling you to hate your friends

      Your opinion is irrelevant. War is up there with death and taxes. War is coming - it's human nature.

      See Joel 3:10 (Beat your plowshares into swords...)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Enemies telling you to hate your friends

        Or a more modern interpretation...

        Peace sells, but who's buying?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlWq6WXIv7M

  7. Jiggity
    Alien

    Credit where it's due

    Kudos for cramming a crap pun on an excellent old-school tower defence game into the title!

    (Icon chosen for game appropriateness... and general xenophobia in the world, I guess)

  8. Walter Bishop Silver badge

    anon: War is coming - it's human nature?

    link: "Your opinion is irrelevant. War is up there with death and taxes. War is coming - it's human nature.

    Actually war is usefull in distracting the people from problems at home and directing their anger at some specious enemy far away, it's the NORKS, it's the Russians, it's Iran.

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