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Korea-China Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday (Jun. 27) on the sidelines of the G20 Summit Meeting in Toronto. Both sides agreed to reach the USD 200 billion target by 2012 and the 300 billion goal by 2015 with regard to bilateral trade. They said bilateral cooperation has been increasingly strengthened in various areas, including politics, economy and culture.


Korea-U.S. Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed issues of mutual concern on the sidelines of the G-20 Financial Summit meeting that took place in Toronto, Canada, on June 26 and 27. The two leaders agreed that the military alliance forged at the time has contributed greatly to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula as well as Northeast Asia.


Korea-Japan Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday (Jun. 26) on the sidelines of the G-20 Financial Summit meeting in Toronto, Canada to discuss issues of mutual concern that cover regional security, international cooperation and policy on North Korea. This is the first time President Lee has talked with the new Japanese Prime Minister since the latter’s inauguration.


Korea-Turkey Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and President Abdulla Gül of Turkey exchanged a wide range of opinions on ways for the two countries to improve cooperative ties and other global issues of mutual concern. President Gül is on his first state visit to Korea, from June 14 to 16. The two presidents reconfirmed the long-held friendship between the two nations and pledged to continue developing bilateral ties. The Republic of Korea and Turkey first established diplomatic ties in 1957.


Korea-Israel Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres on June 10 and exchanged opinions on cooperation in trade, investment, renewable energy and science and technology. The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the friendly ties that the two countries have enjoyed since their diplomatic relationship started in 1962.


Korea-Singapore Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held intensive discussions on bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, green growth and culture. Both leaders welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding signed between their countries in the fields of medicines and joint development for third countries. Further agreements were made on cultural and personnel exchange between the two nations, including the establishment of a Korea Culture Center in Singapore in the near future.


The third Trilateral Summit (May 2010)
The three leaders of Korea, Japan and China agreed to continue to discuss the sinking of the Korean naval ship Cheonan. They also presented a Vision 2020 that stipulated future cooperation and exchange among the three countries for the next 10 years and agreed to establish a Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat in Korea. The three leaders further agreed to endeavor to complete a joint study for a free trade agreement among China, Japan and Korea by 2012 and also work to realize an investment treaty within the next few months.


Korea-Japan Summit (May 2010)
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, in his summit meeting with Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Japan will offer its full support for South Korea’s position regarding the sinking of the Cheonan ship when addressed at the UN Security Council. In regards to Korea-Japan FTA President Lee suggested upgrading the working-level talks to accelerate the negotiations. Hatoyama answered that Japan will reflect on the history of the past of 100 years with Korea and that concluding an FTA is important.


Korea-China Summit (May 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak explained the outcome of the investigation to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and asked for the Chinese cooperation on the issue. Premier Wen said that the sinking of the Cheonan was unfortunate expressed the condolence to the families of the victims. Also during the summit meeting the two leaders agreed on other details like concluding the joint study on Korea-China FTA, reopening a Korea-China employment permit system and expanding youth exchanges among others.


Korea-Bangladesh Summit (May 2010)
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina visited Seoul at the invitation of Korean President Lee Myung-bak from May 16 to 18. On the last day of her trip, the two leaders held a bilateral summit at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae and exchanged their thoughts on a variety of agenda items including bilateral, regional and international concerns.