Pres. Park on sales diplomacy in Vietnam
President Park has emphasized the importance of the newly emerging economic bloc, which is the so-called "VIP"; V standing for Vietnam, I for Indonesia and P for the Philippines.
During a dinner with Korean and Vietnamese businessmen on Sunday, President Park said she chose Vietnam as the first country among the ASEAN member nations for her overseas trip due to her firm belief in the future the two countries will build.
President Park also stressed Korea and Vietnam should expand cooperation to higher-value added sectors, in line with the economic development in both countries.
Nuclear power plant construction was one of them.
"Once cooperation in nuclear power plant construction gets started, it will not only contribute to the steady growth of the Vietnamese economy but it will also usher in a new economic era for the two countries."
Earlier in the day, President Park attended a fashion show of the two countries' traditional attire, Korea's hanbok and Vietnam's ao dai.
She herself wore a hanbok with a cream-colored top and a lemon-colored dress and expressed her hopes for the two nations to "cooperate in harmony" just as the two traditional costumes blend together.
"I am so happy that the two countries had a precious chance to share their culture, with Vietnam's beautiful ao dai and Korea's lovely hanbok being put together on the same stage."
"On Monday, President Park is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with her Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang after which the two leaders are expected to adopt a joint statement for joint prosperity."
As the key focus of President Park's Vietnam trip is her sales diplomacy, senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs Ju Chul-ki explained she will call on the Vietnamese government to support Korean companies in winning bids for nuclear power plant construction and major national infrastructure projects.
She is also expected to ask Vietnam to quickly push ahead with free trade agreement negotiations and improving the business environment for investment.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News, Hanoi.
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