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Ill-timed scandal for the 'Republic of Samsung'

BioLogics case highlights wider problems for Korea Inc and president Moon

| South Korea

To know where South Korea is heading, you can weed through mountains of government data, trade flows and analyst reports. But the real clues often come from the nation's corporate flagship.

Asia's fourth-biggest economy is not called the "Republic of Samsung" for nothing. The Samsung conglomerate can generate revenues equivalent to 20% of gross domestic product and dominates everything from electronics to credit cards, real estate and sports.

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