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Presidential visit to Netherlands, Germany
President Park Geun-hye traveled to Germany for a state visit from March 25 to March 28 after visiting the Netherlands to attend the Nuclear Security Summit from March 23 to 25. President Park Geun-hye attended the third Nuclear Security Summit, to be held in The Hague, Netherl...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to China
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...

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President Lee Myung-bak visits U.S., Japan
President Lee Myung-bak embarked on his first official visit to the United States to have a Camp David summit with United States President George W. Bush from April 15 to 19, 2008. President Lee became the first Korean president to go to the American presidential retreat. The two leaders discussed a variety of issues, ...