Cooling Japan, South Korea relations threaten battery supply chains

By William Clarke
Published: Wednesday, 07 August 2019

A growing trade spat in East Asia could disrupt the trade in lithium cobalt batteries, flurochemicals, and minor metals.

Rising trade tensions between Japan and South Korea threaten to disrupt the lithium cobalt battery market in East Asia in a rapidly developing sideshow to the United States-China face-off.

By removing each other from import white lists, the Japan and South Korea threaten supply chains that are key for two of the...