Pres. Park to continue her sales diplomacy in Indonesia
Sales diplomacy will be the key focus of President Park's three-day stay in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae says the president's choice of Indonesia as the second Southeast Asian country of her overseas trip reflects her economic and strategic emphasis on the ASEAN region, which has emerged as the so-called "post-BRICs" bloc.
Indonesia is the largest economy among ASEAN member countries.
On Friday, President Park is expected to meet with Korean and Indonesian business leaders at a business forum and discuss ways to expand cooperation in the economic sector.
"The Korean president will also call for Indonesian government support for Korean companies seeking to participate in the country's major infrastructure projects and work towards solving the difficulties facing Korean firms operating here in Indonesia."
Before heading to Indonesia on Thursday, in Brunei, President Park met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who attended the East Asia Summit on behalf of President Barack Obama, and reaffirmed their strong alliance and firm stance on North Korea.
"We are very grateful for the significant role that you are fairly playing on the global stage and particularly our cooperation with respect to North Korea."
President Park also met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, where the two leaders are known to have discussed pending economic issues between the two countries, including the second-stage Korea-China FTA negotiations which is set to take place starting November.
Cheong Wa Dae did not provide reporters with further details on the talks with Kerry and Li, which observers say comes in consideration of the evident tension between the U.S. and China over Washington's recent support for Tokyo's right to collective self-defense.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News, Jakarta.
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