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Lotte’s Shin heads to Vietnam, Indonesia

The head of Korean retail giant Lotte Group left for Vietnam and Indonesia on Monday as the conglomerate moves to expand its presence in emerging Asian markets.

The trip is Chairman Shin Dong-bin’s second foreign outing, following a visit to Japan, after being released from jail in October. The tycoon was imprisoned for his involvement in a corruption scandal that led to the ousting of former President Park Geun-hye.

Shin is first scheduled to visit the Lotte Center Hanoi - a building with malls, offices and residences - in the Vietnamese capital on Monday. He will then visit Lotte Mall, a massive shopping complex, which is scheduled to open in 2022.

The businessman will next hold a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday before leaving for Ho Chi Minh City to visit other construction sites, including a Lotte complex tour.

The company has been making aggressive inroads into Vietnam and operates 16 affiliates with 11,000 employees there.

On Thursday, Shin will travel to Indonesia, where he will visit the site of a complex to be developed by the business group’s chemical arm, Lotte Chemical. The chemical firm is pushing to spend 4 trillion won ($3.55 billion) to build the facility.

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