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Korea-China Summit (November 2012)

President Lee Myung-bak met with Premier Wen Jiabao of China for a bilateral summit on November 19 on the sidelines of the ASEAN+3 Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Key outcomes of their discussion included an agreement to increase bilateral trade volume to USD 300 billion by 2015 and a related agreement to seek continued progress in Korea-China FTA negotiations. The two leaders also discussed the importance of improving relations on the Korean Peninsula, with Premier Wen agreeing to President Lee’s statement that North Korea should prioritize the livelihood of its people and the health of its economy. They also expressed their hope that the cooperative relationship between their countries will continue under new leadership in the future.

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Korea-Thailand Summit (November 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral summit with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand on November 10 in Bangkok, where the two leaders agreed to upgrade bilateral relations to the level of a strategic partnership ahead of next year’s 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties. President Lee and PM Shinawatra also discussed cooperative measures to strengthen Thailand’s infrastructure and boost bilateral trade, agreeing to conduct a preliminary study on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two countries. Continued cooperation in tourism and aviation as well as regional security were also discussed, with President Lee expressing his gratitude for Thailand’s support of Korea’s efforts for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Korea-Indonesia Summit (November 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on November 8 on the sidelines of the Bali Democracy Forum to discuss recent progress in bilateral relations and plans for strengthening the Korea-Indonesia strategic partnership. The two leaders agreed to hasten negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between their countries and finalized terms for a memorandum of understanding on the joint development of environmentally friendly vehicles. President Yudhoyono also presented President Lee with the Bintang Republik Indonesia Adipurna medal, the highest honor given by the Indonesian government.

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Korea-Australia Summit (November 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral summit with Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia on November 8 on the sidelines of the Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia, where the two leaders discussed topics of mutual interest including resource cooperation and economic coordination. They agreed to hold ministerial level meetings in foreign affairs and defense for diplomatic coordination as well as strengthen mutual efforts for international and regional consolidation of economic ties in the aftermath of the global economic crisis. President Lee and PM Gillard also welcomed the recent election of both nations to the UN Security Council and pledged closer collaboration for mutual goals such as green growth.

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Korea-Kazakhstan Summit (September 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral summit meeting with Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazahkstan, on September 13, while on a state visit to the Central Asian country. The two leaders discussed ways to further improve their strategic partnership on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations. They agreed to work together to expand cooperation in areas such as energy and plant construction, natural resource development, and nuclear energy, and also shared congratulations on the recent groundbeaking for a jointly constructed power plant in Balkhash.

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Korea-Norway Summit (September 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak had a summit meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on September 12 during a state visit to Norway. The two leaders discussed measures for expanding substantive bilateral cooperation to include areas such as climate change, marine engineering and technology, and sustainable development of the Artic region. With Prime Minister Stoltenberg affirming Norway's support for Korea's efforts to preserve peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders pledged to work together more closely in the international arena.

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Korea-Greenland Summit (September 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Premier Kuupik Kleist of Greenland on September 9 to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation in such areas as green growth, resource development, and Arctic shipping routes.The meeting of the two leaders marked the first visit to Greenland by a South Korean president. The two leaders also attended the signing ceremony for four Memorandums of Understanding to expand the partnership between Korea and Greenland in the sustainable development of natural resources.

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Korea-Vietnam Summit (September 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak met with President Trung Tan Sang of Vietnam on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia on September 8. In view of the 20-year anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations, the two leaders assessed past developments in their national partnership. They also pledged to work together to finalize negotiations on a Korea-Vietnam FTA and expand cooperation across various sectors, including nuclear energy, green growth, and employment.

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Korea-Russia Summit (September 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia on September 8. The two leaders agreed to work together to expand bilateral trade and investment, focusing particularly on development in far-eastern Siberia and the construction of a trans-Korean natural gas pipeline. The two leaders also expressed their commitment to working together for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and peace and security in the region.

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Korea-Laos Summit (July 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of the Lao People's Democratic Republic at Cheong Wa Dae on the occasion of his official visit to Korea on July 4. The two leaders positively assessed the improved relations between their two countries and agreed to work closely together to advance the scope of practical cooperation in various sectors including economic and social development.