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Presidential visit to ASEM, Italy
President Park Geun-hye paid an official visit to Italy and attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) which took place in Milan on October 16 and 17. The participants of the meeting included leaders from 49 countries from Asia and Europe, the European Council president, the EU c...


London G-20 summit
During the second G20 summit of national leaders held in London on Apr. 2, President Lee Myung-bak had summit meetings with Great Britain, Japan, Australia, the United States and China. He discussed global collaboration for economic recovery and responsive measures toward the North Korean missile launch plan with heads...


Presidential Tour of New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia
President Lee Myung-bak visited three southern Pacific countries from Mar. 3 to 8 to fortify green energy ties with them. During his state visit to New Zealand on Mar. 3-4, President Lee met with Governor-General Anand Satyanand and held a summit with Prime Minister John Key. The summit agenda items included the start ...


Korea- Japan summit in Seoul 2009
President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso held a summit at Wa Dae on the morning of Jan. 12, 2009. The two leaders pledged to build a cooperative bilateral relationship based on a correct understanding of history for a future-oriented, mature partnership. At the summit, the two leaders had in-depth ...


Tripartite summit in Fukuoka
President Lee Myung-bak, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gathered in the city of Fukuoka on the southern main island of Kyushu on Dec. 13, 2008, to discuss the issue of expanding the currency swap deals of $13 billion to $30 billion with Japan and $4 billion to $30 billion with China. Th...


President Lee’s official visit to Brazil
President Lee Myung-bak paid a 3-day official visit to Brazil from Nov. 17, 2008, after attending the G20 summit in Washington D.C. President Lee on Monday had meetings with Korean residents and businesspeople from Korea and Brazil. President Lee held summit talks with his Brazilian counterpart President Lula da Silva ...


APEC economic leaders' meeting in Lima
The capital of one of the fastest growing economies in the Americas, Lima, Peru, hosted the 16th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from Nov. 22 to 23. During the annual event, the leaders of the 21 member economies including Korea, China, the United States, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Australia an...


G20 summit in Washington
Leaders of the 20 major economies from around the world attended the Group of 20 summit on Nov. 15, 2008, in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways to tackle global economic difficulties through building international cooperation. Invited by U.S. President George W. Bush, Korean President Lee Myung-bak welcomed the opening o...


Seventh ASEM summit
Dozens of Asian and European leaders, representing half the global economy, gathered in Beijing to attend the seventh ASEM summit from Oct. 24 to 25, 2008. The 27 EU member states and the European Commission exchanged opinions with Japan, China, India and 13 other Asian countries on the global downturn, climate change ...


President Lee Myung-bak's visit to Russia
President Lee Myung-bak paid his first visit to Russia since the inaugurations of their respective governments in 2008 and held a summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev from Sept. 28 to 30, 2008. President Lee and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev adopted a joint statement. Lee also met Russian Prime Minis...


The G8 summit in Toyko, 2008
In May 2008, President Lee Myung-bak, during his first visit to China since his inauguration three months earlier, forged a framework for further developing future-oriented Korea-China ties by elevating the bilateral cooperative partnership a step higher on all fronts. President Lee and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jinta...