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Korea-China Summit (October 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had a bilateral summit meeting in Beijing, China, on Oct. 10. The two leaders intensively dealt with their future cooperation plans for North Korea's nuclear issues and global economic recovery, among others. They also welcomed the signing of a joint economic cooperation report by the two countries' trade ministers, and pledged to strengthen their bilateral ties through international events, such as the Yeosu Expo, the Shanghai Expo and the G20 summits.

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Korea-China-Japan Summit (October 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Beijing, China, for a trilateral meeting on Oct. 10, and exchanged ideas on joint cooperation, the crisis in global finance and economy, the nuclear crisis in North Korea, climate change and other issues of mutual concerns. The leaders agreed that cooperation among the three nations is critical for the good of all three nations and also for stability and prosperity in the Northeast Asian region and the world.

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Korea-Japan Summit (October 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama had a bilateral summit meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Oct. 9. The leaders spoke highly of their recently enhanced bilateral relationship and agreed to work together to tackle North Korea’s nuclear problems through the six-party talks. They also pledged to strengthen ties in the field of economy, culture and green growth, and to take a good hard look at their shared history.

4th East Asia Summit (October 2009)
The leaders of the East Asia Summit in Thailand on Oct. 25 discussed East Asian regional cooperation to solve the problems of climate change, the international financial crisis, natural disasters and North Korea's nuclear programs. President Lee at the venue expressed his determination to pursue national "low carbon and green growth" plans, asked for EAS's support for the upcoming G20 meeting, and promised to expand Korea's relief assistance for disaster-hit spots in the East Asian region.

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Pittsburgh G20 Summit (September 2009)
Global leaders from 20 larger economies got together in Pittsburgh on Sep. 25 to resuscitate the stuttered economy. The leaders at the meeting emphasized the importance of the developing and emerging economies for economic recovery, and adopted a relevant joint statement. Ahead of the meeting, Korea was selected to host the fifth G20 meeting in 2010.

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Korea-Denmark Summit (September 2009)
President Lee and Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen agreed on Sep. 24 to further develop their bilateral ties celebrating the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic ties.

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Korea-Japan Summit (September 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with new Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in New York on Sep. 23, and discussed pending issues between the two countries, reconfirming cooperation in dealing with North Korean nuclear issues.

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Korea-China Summit (September 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sep. 23 in New York City and reconfirmed close coordination between the two countries in dealing with North Korean nukes. At the talks, the leaders promised to maintain the cooperative partnership between their two nations for a peaceful settlement on the Korean Peninsula, as well as that of the Northeast Asian region.

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Korea-Canada Summit (September 2009)
President Lee had a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in New York City on Sep. 22 and exchanged ideas about developing Korean-Canadian ties, including ways to expedite the conclusion of an FTA deal. The President was in the city to attend the UN climate change meeting and the UN General Assembly meeting.

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Korea-Italy Summit (September 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting Italian President Giorgio Napolitano held summit in Seoul on Sep. 14. The leaders shared thoughts on economic cooperation within the G8 and G20 frameworks. They also promised to work together through the free trade agreement between Korea and the European Union.