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Presidential trip to 4 South American countries
President Park Geun-hye is embarking on a journey to four South American countries, visiting Colombia, Peru, Chile and Brazil from April 16 to April 27. The president began her itinerary in Bogota, Colombia, from April 16 to 18, where she held summit talks with Colo...


President Lee Myung-bak's one-day visit to Japan
President Lee Myung-bak made a one-day visit to Tokyo on June 28 to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso. At the summit, President Lee and the Japanese leader agreed to arrange for a five-way consultation, involving South Korea, Japan, China, the United States and Russia, to realize the denuclearization of ...


President Lee Myung-bak’s 2009 U.S. trip
President Lee Myung-bak visited the United States from June 15 to 17 to hold summit talks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. This is President Lee’s fist U.S. visit since the beginning of the Obama administration. At the summit, the two leaders adopted "The Joint Vision for the Alliance of the Republi...


President Lee Myung-bak's state visits to Uzbekistan, K...
At the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, the leaders of the 11 countries gathered to discuss the developments of 20-year cooperative relations between Korea and the countries in the ASEAN region and future directions for progress and methods to combat current global issues, such as the financial crisis and ...


ASEAN+3 Summit in Thailand
President Lee Myung-bak visited Thailand from Apr. 10 to 11 to attend the 12th Korea-ASEAN summit, the 12th ASEAN+3 Summit, and the fourth East Asia Summit. At the 12th ASEAN+3 summit, he called for cooperation in implementing macroeconomic policies, putting a curb on trade protectionism, and achieving the Multilateral...


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...