South Korea’s Moon Jae begins India visit, economic ties in focus

Noida now has the largest mobile factory in the world

He is being accompanied by First Lady Kim Jung-sook on his maiden visit to the nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited South Korea in 2015 during which the bilateral partnership was elevated to a special strategic partnership. During the visit, Moon will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind, who will host a banquet in his honour.

The factory, inaugurated jointly by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, will also help Samsung to compete with rivals such as China's Xiaomi, which became India's biggest smartphone brand by shipments earlier this year.

According to an article in the Diplomat magazine's website, "During the (2017 presidential) election campaign, Moon pledged that he would elevate ties with India to the level of Korea's relations with the four major powers in and around the Korean Peninsula-China, Japan, Russia and the United States".

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Ahead of the visit, a spokesperson in Moon's office in Seoul had said that the leaders will focus on expanding "future-oriented cooperation" between the two countries.

#11:05 AM: EAM Sushma Swaraj meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in: "Shared commitment to values of democracy, open society & liberal global order! We expect the visit to open new avenues for the expansion of our partnership, particularly in the economic domain", Kumar had said. India attracted the highest ever foreign direct investment in the past year with inflows totalling $62 billion. Demand for new phones is surging in India, helped in part by billionaire Mukesh Ambani offering $23 4G feature-phones, free voice services and cheap data plans.

Samsung said last year it will spend 49.2 billion rupees ($716.57 million) over three years to expand capacity at its Noida plant. On day two of his India visit, Moon will address an India - Korea Business Forum and inaugurate South Korean tech giant Samsung's largest mobile unit in Noida along with PM Modi. This will put Noida on top of cities across the world with the biggest mobile manufacturing plant.

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