Urea shortages have shaken South Korean society as a whole simply because they are heavily dependent on Chinese imports.actually, There are 1,850 types of products such as urea that South Korea imports from China. South Korean society is increasingly aware of the risk of sudden shortages as it relies on the Communist Party of China for most of its goods.
For example, due to a shortage of coal in China, urea exports to South Korea were suspended on October 15. South Korea imports 97% of urea from China, and there is currently a serious shortage of urea for vehicles. Urea for automobiles is the main component of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), an additive used in diesel vehicles to reduce emissions. Without it, diesel vehicles cannot start.
China has produced urea using ammonia extracted from coal. However, the recent turmoil in Australian coal imports by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has led to coal supply in China in retaliation for Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s repeated calls for a transparent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. This has led to a shortage of export checks. About urea.
There are about 10 million diesel vehicles in South Korea, of which about 4 million need urea. With about half of the 4 million vehicles being trucks, shortages can cause logistics disruptions. In addition, a sense of crisis is spreading to public places such as firefighting, emergency, and environmental management.
Agricultural fertilizers are also affected, and the supply of agricultural products is unstable. It may also interfere with the operation of coal-fired power plants and power supplies.
To avoid the closure of the industry, the South Korean government is urgently planning to import urea from several other countries.
Cho Dong-geun, an emeritus professor at Myongji University and a co-leader of a better society for citizens, said in a comment on the Epoch Times’ Korean website: It will be resolved sooner or later. The hidden danger behind vehicle urea is that the Chinese Communist Party dominates the US-China competitive supply chain and is using strategic resources as a weapon to strengthen its position and bargaining power. ..
“Through this supply crisis, Europe, South Korea, and the United States need to better understand China’s important position in the global supply chain. Western nations will definitely backfire if they insist on seeking conflict. Probably. “
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 29 years ago, China has not only been the largest export market to South Korea, but also the largest importer. It’s not just urea. According to data obtained from the Korea International Trade Association by Korean People Power Party member Han Muk-yun from January to September this year, 3,941 kinds of Korean products are imported from specific countries, and the import share is 80%. .. Of these, 1,850 products, or about 47%, came from China.
Among them, magnesium (100%), tungsten oxide (94.7%), neoprene adhesive (86.2%), and lithium hydroxide (83.5%) were heavily dependent on Chinese imports. The Chinese Communist Party has restricted the production of magnesium ingots, which are essential for car bodies and seat frames, due to the recent power shortage in China. Tungsten trioxide is widely used in automobile and aircraft parts. Lithium hydroxide is used in the manufacture of semiconductors and medical devices. Neoprene adhesives and lithium hydroxide are widely used in electronic products and secondary batteries. If China suddenly bans exports, it will have a fatal blow to South Korea’s tech industry.
Cho said the South Korean government’s current strategy of “depending on the United States for security and China for the economy” is actually leaning towards China (CCP).
In order to deal with the imminent supply shortage from China, South Korea “strengthens and balances relations with maritime powers such as the United States, Japan, Taiwan and India while maintaining good neighborhood relations with China. It is necessary to adopt diplomacy. “
“father, [South Korea] In order to deal with the use of strategic resources as China’s weapons, it is necessary to reduce dependence on China, diversify imports, and plan domestic production of some strategic materials. “