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Presidential trip to Central Asia
President Park Geun-hye visited three Central Asian nations – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – from June 16 to 22. President Park paid a state visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan starting on June 16. President Islam Karimov held a summit with her on June 17 in Tashk...


Korea-Japan summit in Seoul 2011
President Lee Myung-bak (right) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a summit on October 19 in Cheong Wa Dae. The two leaders agreed to expand the volume of won-yen currency swap from $13 billion to $70 billion in order to stabilize the financial markets of the two countries amid the growing uncertainty of t...


President Lee’s state visit to U.S.
President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok paid a state visit to the United States at the invitation of President Barack Obama from October 11 to 15. The two leaders attended an official welcoming ceremony on Oct. 13 and held a summit at the White House. On the summit agenda was how to boost economic ties, in...


President Lee's 3-day visit to U.S.
President Lee Myung-bak visited the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly from September 20 to 23 with First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. In New York, President Lee received the World Statesman Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation at a hotel on September 20. President Lee delivered a keynote sp...


President Lee's state visits to Mongolia, Uzbekistan, K...
President Lee Myung-bak paid state visits to, Mongolia, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Republic of Kazakhstan from August 21 to 25 with First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. After arriving in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator on August 21, President Lee held a summit with President Tsakhia Elbegdorj on August 23. The two le...


President Lee's state visits to African countries
President Lee Myung-bak pays state visits to three African countries from July 2 to 11. President Lee visits the South African Republic from July 2 to 7, the Democratic Republic of the Congo from July 7 to 8 and Ethiopia from July 8 to 11 with First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. The president flew to Durban, South Africa, on J...


The 4th Korea-Japan-China Summit
The three leaders, Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, gathered together in Tokyo, Japan, on May 21 and 22 to discuss matters of mutual concern that cover both regional and global issues and co-prosperity of the three countries. * Title: The fourth...


Presidential visit to Germany, Denmark, France
President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok made an official visit to Germany, Denmark and France from May 8 to May 14.President Lee arrived in Berlin on May 8 for summit talks with President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel the next day. The two leaders discussed bilateral trade and investment betwe...


President Lee’s official visit to UAE
President Lee Myung-bak made an official visit to the United Arab Emirates from March 12-14 at the invitation of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, President of the UAE. President Lee is travelling with First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. Presidents Lee and Sheikh Khalifa held a summit on March 13 to review the progress onf the...


Korea in the G20: A new era of leadership
Twenty world leaders came together in Seoul in November 2010 to discuss the state of the global economy as it emerges from the financial crisis. Together, they took the necessary steps to reduce market volatility and move past the crisis, creating sustainable growth going forward.  The fall meeting was be the fift...


President Lee attends APEC meeting in Yokohama
President Lee Myung-bak flew to Japan on November 13 to attend the 18th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which took place in Yokohama on Nov. 13-14. Under the theme of "Change and Action," President Lee and other leaders of APEC member economies discussed new growth strategies, liberalization of trade,...