S. Korean Pres. Moon receives state welcome from Vietnamese pres. S. Korea-Vietnam summit underway
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President Moon Jae-in has kicked off his second day in Vietnam - the first leg of his seven day, two nation tour. The South Korean leader is expected to meet with the Southeast Asian nation's key leaders today.
Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung is traveling with the president. She joins us live from Hanoi.
Connyoung, what can you tell us about the president's state visit to Vietnam thus far?

It is day two of the South Korean president's three-day state visit to Vietnam, but as we landed here in Hanoi in the afternoon yesterday today is actually the first full day President Moon has in this Southeast Asian country.
Mr. Moon began his day by paying homage at the mausoleum of the first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh... a revolutionary Communist leader and the principal force behind the Vietnamese struggle against French colonial rule after World War II.

President Moon and First Lady Kim Jung-sook then moved to the presidential palace of Vietnam where South Korea's first couple received a state welcome from Vietnamese President Tran dai Quang.
The South Korean leader received a full welcome ceremony with military band and gun salutes.
The two leaders are sitting down for a bilateral summit, as we speak. President Moon and his Vietnamese counterpart were expected to discuss bringing their bilateral relationship to a whole new level. Following the one-on-one, they will also hold an expanded summit with their key aides in presence and hold a joint press conference where they are expected to unveil a joint declaration for future-oriented relationship between the two countries.

What's on his agenda for the rest of the day?

Well, Mark. I can tell you... he has a full day ahead of him.
The South Korean leader will also meet with top Vietnamese officials including the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Prime Minister as well as the Chairwoman of Vietnam's National Assembly.
But President Moon will spend most of his late afternoon meeting businessmen from both South Korea and Vietnam and encouraging more active business and trade relations between the two.
Another interesting agenda on the South Korean president's itinerary: he's expected to play career counselor to South Koreans seeking jobs in Vietnam. That, the presidential office says, to encourage more young South Korean jobseekers to tap into Vietnamese employment market.
That's all from me from Hanoi, but I'll keep you updated throughout the day.