President Park Geun-hye returned to Korea on Sunday morning after wrapping up an eight-day visit to Indonesia and Brunei. She went to Bali, Indonesia to attend the APEC Summit, then headed to Brunei for the ASEAN+3 Summit and back to Jakarta for a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Park met separately with the leaders of Australia, Canada, China and Peru to either speed up the signing of bilateral free trade agreements or boost market-opening measures.
She also pledged to boost Korean investment overseas.
A Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement she agreed to sign with Yudhoyono by the end of this year is seen as a major achievement of her trip. The CEPA places as much importance on investment as it does on trade. Indonesia wants Korea to invest in its steel industry.
The two countries also signed agreements on cooperation in the defense industry, which are expected to lead to more sales of Korean-made T-50 trainer jets and submarines.