Temperature difference on the issue of electric vehicles in South Korea and the United States… South Korea ‘agreed on a consultation body’, the United States ‘promised a channel of involvement” | Joongang Ilbo | JoongAng Ilbo

ⓒ JoongAng Ilbo / JoongAng Ilbo Japanese version2022.09.08 17:57

Ahn Deok-geun, Director of the Trade Negotiations Headquarters of the Department of Commerce, Industry and Energy, announced on the 7th that he and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) have agreed to form an advisory body to discuss discrimination against Korean electric vehicles.

After meeting with USTR representatives from Thailand on the same day, Ahnmoto said, “We have agreed to initiate a bilateral consultation channel with the USTR to resolve this issue.” Ahn said, “Today we agreed on the formation of a bilateral advisory body, and we decided to start concrete discussions about it.

In a statement distributed an hour later, the USTR said, “Both pledged to keep the channels of engagement open on the issue of electric vehicles.”

In diplomacy, “engagement” usually means continuing the dialogue with the other party and getting involved and participating in the issue. Generally, it is recognized as a looser form than the “advisory body structure”. There is room for interpretation that there is a difference of interest in the issue of electric vehicles, as South Korea and the United States choose different terms.

“We plan to continue discussions on as many alternative proposals as possible,” Ahn said. The USTR said in a statement that Thailand’s representative “listened to South Korea’s concerns regarding the Inflation Control Act’s electric vehicle regulations.”

It is not yet decided when the consultation channel between South Korea and the United States will be operational. Ahn said, “We will have talks as soon as possible,” but did not respond when asked when talks would begin. On top of that, “it looks like we’re actually more prepared, and there are procedures to be discussed in various departments and agencies in the United States, so I can’t tell you when that will actually be (start of negotiations) It’s difficult,” he said.

However, he stressed that he plans to continue to meet Thailand’s representative at international conferences such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-related ministerial conference scheduled for next week and the following week, saying, “We talked about continuing that conversation.”

When asked if the US side recognizes South Korea’s claim that it has discriminated against South Korean electric vehicles, it said: “The US government is fully aware of the seriousness of the problem and concrete solutions that will be proposed in the future. We plan to continue discussions with a substantive counter-proposal as to whether we can discuss the matter in full.”

Previously, Kirby, the White House strategy and public relations coordinator, announced that he would adopt sub-rules for anti-inflation law enforcement in the future in relation to the issue of discrimination. discriminatory against electric vehicles manufactured abroad. , including South Korea, and provides detailed details. explains that it can be done.

When asked if a solution could be found by the time the Ministry of Finance issues the enforcement order, Yasumoto said, “There are various hopeful proposals (from the Korean auto industry and others), but there seem to be many legally difficult issues. we’ll have to discuss what kind of plan we can come up with with the enforcement order,” he said.

He continued: “There is no need for discussion within the United States government around the National Economic Committee (in the White House) as to whether the two governments will continue discussions with various alternative proposals and whether they can really be implemented. work in the United States. I think about it,” he added.

Ahn did not directly mention South Korea’s claim that the US is violating World Trade Organization (WTO) trade rules and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA). ) during the meeting with the Thai representative that day, clarified.

Ahn said the U.S. government enacted the Inflation Control Act, granting tax incentives only to electric vehicles that are permanently assembled in the North American region of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and excluding foreign-made electric vehicles, including those made in He travels to the United States to protest and organize countermeasures.

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