In science and technology, the South Korean government has planned investment growth over the next few years on a generous scale that clearly recognises their importance in a modern economy. Again, Britain is perceived to be a good partner with its long tradition of discovery and innovation. There are messages here that our new government should be listening to carefully. We need a strong science base to respond to these opportunities.
Education, science and technology will also be key players in the eventual reconciliation of North and South. A future united Korea will remember who its partners were in the immensely difficult period of transition.
Professor DENIS NOBLE, FRS