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Korea-Kazakhstan Summit (May 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev held summit talks in Astana on May 13. At the summit, the two leaders adopted an "action plan" aiming at boosting the bilateral cooperation in various sectors, including energy and economy by upgrading their countries relationship into a "strategic partnership".

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Korea-Uzbekistan Summit (May 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Uzbek leader Islam Karimov held a summit in Tashkent on May 11. At the summit, the two leaders issued a 12-point statement and agreed to build a win-win cooperation partnership and enhance energy and economic cooperation, stressing the strategic partnership between the two countries.

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Korea-China-Japan Summit (April 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso held a trilateral summit in Pattaya, Thailand, on Apr. 11. At the summit, the three leaders agreed to send a strong message to North Korea as soon as possible and to find ways to deal with the communist state's recent provocation through the United Nations Security Council.

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Korea-China Summit (April 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held a bilateral summit at the Dusitani Hotel in Thailand, on Apr. 11. At the summit, President Lee welcomed the Chinese Premier’s suggestion to maintain the trade volume between Korea and China at the level of 2008’s. Meanwhile Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to cooperate with Korea in financial cooperation and the surveillance of international financial system, in efforts to recover from the financial crisis.

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Summits in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia (March 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak visited New Zealand on Mar. 3-4, where he held a summit with Prime Minister John Key. They discussed the start of Korea-New Zealand FTA negotiations, cooperation on recyclable and bio energies, and green industry development. President Lee visited Australia on Mar. 4-6. The bilateral summit he had with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd dealt with a free trade deal, human resources and cultural exchanges, and cooperation in carbon emission reduction and climate change. From Mar. 6 to 8, President Lee visited Indonesia, where he talked with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on cooperation in oil field and other issues, including regional cooperation.

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Korea-Japan Summit (Jan 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Prime Minister Taro Aso held a summit on on Jan. 12 in Seoul. They pledged to build a cooperative bilateral relationship based on a correct understanding of history for a future-oriented, mature partnership They also discussed on ways to promote substantial cooperation in economic affairs, expand cultural and personnel exchanges, and join efforts in issues concerning the Korean Peninsula.

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Korea-China-Japan Summit (December 2008)
President Lee Myung-bak, Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan and Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People's Republic of China held a summit in Fukuoka, Japan on Dec. 13. At the trilateral summit, the three leaders shared a recognition that the enhancement of trilateral collaboration would contribute to the stability and prosperity not only in East Asia, but also in the entire world. They announced a Joint Statement for Tripartite Partnership, which sets forth the direction and basic principles for trilateral cooperation in the years to come.

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Korea-China Summit (December 2008)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the trilateral summit among Korea, China and Japan in Fukuoka, Japan, Dec. 13. The two leaders discussed matters of mutual interest, including pending issues between the two countries, ways to cooperate in the international financial sector and the North Korean nuclear issue.

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Korea-Japan Summit (December 2008)
President Lee Myung-bak and Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan met on the sidelines of the first trilateral summit among Korea, China and Japan held in Fukuoka, Japan, Dec. 13. The two discussed ways to develop Korea-Japan relations, including financial cooperation and other exchange and collaborative programs and also exchanged views on the North Korean nuclear issue and how to work together in the regional and international arena.

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Korea-Poland Summit (December 2008)
President Lee Myung-bak and President Lech Kaczynski of the Republic of Poland at Cheong Wa Dae on Dec. 5 expressed satisfaction with the fact that relations between the two countries have rapidly progressed during a relatively short period of time. The Polish President welcomed Korea's participation in various construction projects in his country and promised his Government's active cooperation in enhancing the environment for Korean businesses in Poland.