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The importance of the semiconductor industry has been increasing in recent years as it has become ever-more closely linked to national security.

In the first of this year’s London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science seminars, Seoksoo Hong, from the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, will discuss the trade issues between Korea, China, and Japan related to semiconductors and their impact on South Korea.

Specifically, Seoksoo will look at the Japanese government’s decision to remove South Korea from its ‘whitelist’ in July 2019 and China’s pursuit of its ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy, a national development plan. The results and impacts of these issues so far will be discussed in the seminar and will help to broaden the view of the situation in East Asia as it relates to semiconductors.

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Seoksoo Hong is an Associate Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA) where he has been working since 2014. His work at KIDA includes assessing and analysing the defence budget from a comprehensive perspective and conducting feasibility studies of detailed projects.

Now, he is at King’s as a Visiting Research Fellow. His research interests lie in the area of economic analysis and value for money in defence, defence expenditure and its efficiency. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Seoul National University.

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Nahee  Kang

Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of Emerging Markets