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German newspaper praises dynamic development in Korea
October 21, 2005
A leading German newspaper said on Wednesday (Oct. 19) that Korea is a country always striving to prove itself, to progress toward newer goals it set and that it was taking over Asia culturally through Hallyu as well as the brilliant economic development achieved over the past 30 years following the Korean War.
In an editorial entitled "Emerging Korea," the Frankfurt Algemeiner Zeitung noted Korea was going to great lengths to ascertain a ¡®dynamic Korea' through the stages provided to them by eagerly engaging in a state marketing and improvement of its national image, adding it was trying to make a strategic access in a bid to publicize its culture, on the basis of its status of the world's 10th largest economy.
Despite the fact that made-in-Korea products can be found almost anywhere in the world, few are aware of how Korea has rapidly developed for the last 30 years, the daily said, noting that many a people still associate Korea with the unpleasant images of territorial division, labor strike, military dictatorship and nuclear crises.
Early in the 1960s, the paper went on, Korea's economy was about the size of Afghanistan's; nowadays, however, only three other nations in the world have more foreign exchange reserves than Korea; and in the political arena, the country has transformed into a dynamic and stable democracy, putting an end to military dictatorship.
A successful staging of 2002 World Cup exhibits genuine aspect of strategic publicity
The Frankfurt Algemeiner said at the bottom of these changes lies a strategic planning aimed at getting diplomatic recognition from as many countries as possible, while equipping itself with new economic power. It pointed out that hosting of the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 Korea World Cup exhibited the genuine aspect of the publicity.
The newspaper said now Korea, on the basis of the outcome achieved on the sports front, has been doing all it could do in letting the world be aware of its unique culture, adding that Korea's ancient culture, including printing techniques that preceded Gutenberg's by 200 years, and certainly its modern culture are very wonderful.
The paper further stated Korea's exceptional national harmony stemming from the influence of Confucianism has saved the country from an economic crisis and that policy projects devised under the government's carefully thought-out strategies have led the country to emerge as a powerhouse of the Internet and take a lead in the biotechnology field.