WHEN KOREAN AIR WAS founded in the early 1960s, South Korea's economy lagged behind much of the world. The country's per capita GNP was only $100 in 1963, according to figures kept by the US State Dept. But by the end of the 1960s, a government policy pushing the rapid production of exportable goods had the nation on an economic development path that has been one of the world's most ascendant, fueled in recent years by high-end electronic goods and automobiles. By 2004, South Korea had ...

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