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South Korea's family firms, such as Samsung, have grown into multi-million pound global technology businesses. Picture: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Stewart Langdon: South Korea’s path to success shows what can be done

When I first visited Seoul in late 2016, I was eager to find a connection with Scotland for my hosts. In the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, and with North Korea’s testing of long-range missiles attracting attention around the world, I had an idea for a joke. “Here we are,” I told the South Koreans, “both dragged into political drama by lunatics over the border.” They laughed politely.

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