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South Korea's Moon visits Vietnam to deepen economic ties

Seoul eyes exports to ASEAN amid US protectionism and Chinese boycotts

A Samsung Electronics plant in Bac Ninh Province, northern Vietnam.

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in embarks on a three-day state visit to Vietnam on Thursday to strengthen economic ties with the rising Southeast Asian power, as Seoul struggles to deal with its two largest trade partners, China and the U.S.

Moon will have a summit with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on Friday and meet other leaders during his visit. The South Korean leader will also attend a forum for business leaders of the two countries alongside Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Yoon Boo-keun and Chung Yong-jin, vice chairman of retail group Shinsegae.

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