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Korea-Philippines Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral talk with President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines on November 21 in Manila, on the occasion of his state visit. President Lee and President Aquino agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in the economic, energy and agricultural sectors. The two leaders pledged to reinforce cooperative measures to maximize Korea’s official development assistance through Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF), in line with the Philippines Development Plan 2011-2016.


Korea-Australia Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a talk with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia on November 19 in Bali, Indonesia to discuss strengthening of the cooperative relationship between the two countries. The two leaders agree to deepen economic, political, and security cooperation, and restated their commitment to concluding their free-trade deal by end of the year. President Lee and Prime Minister Gillard have pledged to continue their cooperation as responsible middle powers to promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.


Trilateral Summit Meeting (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a trilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on November 19, in Bali, Indonesia. The three leaders agreed that their trilateral cooperation has been productive and smooth this year, referring to the establishment of a cooperative office in Seoul on September 1. The three leaders stressed that reinforced cooperation will play an important role in contributing to the development and stability of Northeast Asia as well as the recovery of the global economy. They reaffirmed their commitment to jointly solve the North Korean nuclear issue alongside other regional affairs.


East Asia Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak participated in the East Asia Summit (EAS) on November 19, in Bali, Indonesia. The Korean leader conversed and exchanged opinions with the heads of the EAS member states on a wide range of international issues covering disaster management, nuclear non-proliferation, ocean management, and recovery from the economic crisis. President Lee Myung-bak introduced Korea’s Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, expressing concerns over frequent natural disasters in the East Asian region. The participating leaders adopted the EAS Reciprocal Agreement and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity at the summit.


ASEAN Plus Three Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak attended the 14th ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bali, Indonesia on November 18. Korea, China, Japan, and the ASEAN nations discussed present and future initiatives for enhancing regional cooperation on issues such as food security, economic integration, and the global financial crisis. President Lee stressed the importance of maintaining a sufficient disaster response system, and pledged Korea’s contribution through technology-sharing. He also called for continued creative attention and energy toward the formation of an East Asian community partnership.


Korea-ASEAN Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak participated in the 14th ASEAN-ROK Summit in Bali, Indonesia on November 18, and exchanged in-depth views with the ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to further consolidate possibilities for cooperation in trade, forestry, and sustainable growth. During the summit, President Lee announced his plan to dispatch an ambassador and establish a new diplomatic delegation body of the Republic of Korea in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Korea-Indonesia Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral talk with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on November 17, while he was in Bali on the occasion of his state visit to Indonesia to attend a series of regional summits. The two leaders covered an intensive agenda, discussing defense, trade, agriculture, and cultural exchanges and cooperation aimed at achieving co-prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Both sides agreed to further strengthening of economic ties for Indonesia’s development blueprint Master Plan 2011-2025, setting a USD$ 100 billion target for two-way trade by 2020.


Korea-Papua New Guinea Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on November 12 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and agreed to further deepen reciprocal cooperation in trade, energy, and resources. The two leaders also pledged to work closely to share Korea’s development experience in line with the successful hosting of the upcoming High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan.


Korea-Vietnam Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam on November 8, on the occasion of the Vietnamese leader’s state visit to Korea. At the summit, the two leaders adopted a joint statement to reaffirm the alliance between the two countries and expand into a wider range of sectors including diplomacy, security, energy resources, trade, science, IT, and nuclear power. Both leaders also proclaimed 2012 the Year of Korea-Vietnam Friendship to celebrate 20 years of bilateral diplomatic relations by hosting a series of commemorative cultural exchange events.


Korea-Turkey Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit on November 4 with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and agreed to resume negotiations on Korea’s participation in a nuclear power plant construction project in Turkey. Both leaders agreed to conclude the ongoing negotiations of the Korea-Turkey free trade agreement within the current year and expand the scope of cooperation to defense as well.