Kim, Lee Kuan Yew to Debate on Asian Value
President Kim Dae-jung and former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew will discuss the much-disputed ``Asian Value'' in their face-to-face meeting in Seoul Friday.
Lee is visiting Seoul at the invitation of the Federation of Korean Industries.
The idea for the meeting came about during Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's last visit to Seoul when President Kim suggested a meeting with Lee.
Kim and Lee received global attention through debates in the Foreign Affairs magazine on the topic of the ``Asian Value.''
In a contribution to the magazine in 1994, Lee argued that Western-style democracy was not suitable for Asian countries but a patriarchal political system based on Confucian tradition was.
Lee, the chief architect of the island nation's modernization, maintained that democracy should not be indiscriminately imposed on the people of Asia, adding that economic development should have priority over democracy in a developing country.
Later, Korean opposition leader Kim issued a counter-argument in the same magazine, saying he completely disagrees with Lee's view. …