Japan for the first time approved the export of liquid hydrogen fluoride to South Korea : to restrain the development of Korean enterprises?

According to South Korea International Radio (KBS) reported that 16 news, the Japanese government approved the export to South Korea’s Samsung Electronics and SK Helix, listed as one of the export restrictions on South Korea’s liquid hydrogen fluoride.

Japan for the first time approved the export of liquid hydrogen fluoride to South Korea or to restrain the development of Korean enterprises?

Liquid hydrogen fluoride is one of the semiconductor materials. The Japanese government has approved three export restrictions on South Korea,including fluorine polyimide, resist and high-purity hydrogen fluoride, but it is the first time it has approved the export of liquid hydrogen fluoride to South Korea.

FILE PHOTO: South Koreans boycott Japanese goods. FILE PHOTO: South Koreans boycott Japanese goods.

Reported that so far, the Japanese government has 12 times approved the export of three major restricted projects to South Korea, but this can not be seen as A change of attitude.

Following the announcement of export restrictions against South Korea in July 2019, the Japanese government, citing incomplete information, has not approved the export of liquid hydrogen fluoride to Samsung Electronics and SK Helix, and the 90-day export review deadline is about to expire, if Japan fails to complete the review within the time frame, or will be at a disadvantage in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. Reported that this is believed to be one of the reasons for Japan’s approval measures.

Analysis that, with the rapid realization of domestication of Korean enterprises, the Japanese government in order to curb the development of Korean enterprises and approved the export of Japanese enterprises related products. It is reported that Japan’s restrictions on exports to South Korea has been approved to export liquid hydrogen fluoride has brought a huge blow to the Japanese companies.

The Japanese government began imposing export restrictions on South Korea in July, removing the country from the “white list” in early August on security grounds, effective August 28 tha. In response, South Korea decided on August 12 to exclude Japan from the “white list” of South Korea’s trade, and on August 22 announced that it would not renew the Military Intelligence Protection Agreement with Japan.

On September 11th the South Korean government filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over Japan’s restrictions on exports to South Korea. Details include japan’s restrictions on the export of high-purity hfcors, fluoropolylaminate, photoresistors to South Korea, three key semiconductor materials, in violation of the Gatt for General Trade (GATT) and the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), and restrictions on the transfer of technology from three materials in violation of the Trade-Related Investment Measures Agreement (TRIMs) and the TriMs Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

If the two sides are unable to reach agreement during the consultation period, the WTO will establish an expert group to that end.

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