HANOI, ST. PETERSBURG — South Korean President Park Geun-hye kicked off her schedule in Vietnam Sunday by attending a joint fashion show and a meeting with business leaders of South Korea and Vietnam to discuss wider cooperation and investment on the second day of her state visit.

Park arrived in Vietnam on Saturday for a five-day stay that she plans to use as the starting point for her “sales diplomacy” drive.

The highlight of the trip is a summit with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang on Monday. Park plans to use the meeting as the first stage in her economic push in foreign policy, while trying to expand all-around cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation, officials said.

Key topics for discussion include how to forge a bilateral free trade agreement and strengthen cooperation in nuclear power and industrial technology. Also on the agenda are development aid projects, such as providing support for a science and technology institute in Vietnam. A series of memorandums of understanding will be signed after the summit, officials said.

Park has touted the sales diplomacy slogan in recent months as a commitment to use diplomatic trips and meetings to promote the country’s economic interests.

As the first official event, Park attended a fashion show featuring the two countries’ traditional clothes — Korean hanbok and Vietnamese ao dai – which was participated in by 17 leading Korean designers and two from Vietnam, featuring a total of 68 garments. Park herself wore a hanbok to the event.

“I am pleased to have this precious opportunity to share cultures of the two countries,” Park said in a brief remark on the stage.  more

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