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Queen Elizabeth Visits South Korea

April 20, 1999 GMT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Queen Elizabeth II dined with South Korea’s top executives and visited firms with British ties in a tour Tuesday aimed at improving business links between South Korea and Britain.

About 30 British executives are accompanying the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, on the first visit to Korea by a British monarch.

The emphasis was on increasing South Korean investment in Britain, currently totaling $1.5 billion, and promoting British goods. South Korea is Britain’s 15th largest export market.

The queen had lunch with executives from South Korea’s five largest conglomerates _ Hyundai, Samsung, Daewoo, LG and SK _ and later sat in on a British-Korean business conference on technology.

On the second day of a four-day visit, the queen visited a design studio of Daewoo Motor Co. _ which has a car-design center in Worthing, West Sussex _ and Ani Dream Animation Studio, which bought $1 million in computer software last year from Britain’s Cambridge Animation.

She also visited Ewha Women’s University, where students gave her a gift of ginseng, an herbal root said to control blood pressure and improve vitality.

She then strolled through Insadong, a district in the heart of Seoul famed for its arts and crafts, and viewed traditional calligraphy, ceramics and costume.

The queen and her husband later dined with President Kim Dae-jung at the presidential Blue House.