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2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit
The 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit took place at the BEXCO convention center in Busan on December 11 and 12. President Park Geun-hye and leaders of the ten member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) discussed regional and international ...

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The president's trip to the United States
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on May 7 at the White House. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS FTA), the progress and new direction of the Korea-U.S. alliance, and ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in ...

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President Lee visits Cambodia, UAE
President Lee Myung-bak will discuss ways to enhance cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and regional partnerships within East Asia with heads of state attending the ASEAN+3 Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from November 19 to 20. President Lee will attend the Korea-ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN...

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President Lee visits Indonesia, Thailand
President Lee Myung-bak left the country for an itinerary of consecutive state visits to Indonesia and Thailand from November 7 to November 11. In Bali, Indonesia, President Lee took part in the fifth Bali Democracy Forum on November 8 as a keynote speaker and co-leader of the general debate, together with Indonesian...

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The 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit
President Lee Myung-bak will attend the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from September 7 to 9 in Vladivostok, Russia. President Lee is then scheduled to visit Greenland, Norway, and Kazakhstan before returning home on September 15. Under the theme “Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper,” the leade...

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Presidential visit to Greenland, Norway, Kazakhstan
Lee visited Greenland for a summit with Prime Minister Jakob Edvard Kuupik Kleist to exchange ideas for bolstering ties in green growth and resource development. President Lee and PM Kleist made a field trip to Illulissat (photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae).President Lee and PM Kleist made a field trip to Illulissat, a ...

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Presidential visit to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia
President Lee Myung-bak embarked on a four-nation whistle-stop trip to Latin America on June 17. Arriving in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Korean leader took part in the seventh session of the G20 Summit slated from June 18 to 19, followed by a visit to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to attend the UN Conference on Sustainable Develo...

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The 5th Korea-Japan-China Summit
The Fifth Trilateral Summit Meeting (Photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae)Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda gathered together in Beijing, on May 13 and 14 for the fifth session of their annual trilateral meeting. The three sides discussed matters of...

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2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit
As agreed at the end of the inaugural Nuclear Security Summit in April 2010, Korea was designated the host of the Second Nuclear Security Summit. The second high-level conference, convened to delve into global nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation, is set to take place in Seoul from March 26 to 27, 2012. The f...

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President Lee's visits to Turkey, Middle East
President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok made a state visit to the Republic of Turkey, followed by a three-country whistle stop tour to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, from February 4 to 11. In Istanbul, the first destination of the presidential tour, President Lee attended a CEO roundtable...

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The Road to Free Trade
To support a global free trade system, Korea has been proactively opening its markets and making efforts to expand free trade deals with other countries as a win-win strategy. Through free trade agreements, Korea and its trading partners will be able to increase the bilateral trade volume, eliminate tariffs on industri...