South Korean Political Parties Unite in Support of Busan’s 2030 World Expo Bid

SEOUL - South Korea's ruling and main opposition parties have jointly expressed hope for the nation's successful bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan. This united stance comes as the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) prepares to vote on the host city on Tuesday in Paris, where South Korea faces competition from Saudi Arabia's Riyadh and Italy's Rome.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Rep. Yoon Jae-ok, the floor leader of the ruling People Power Party, emphasized South Korea's dynamic capabilities in overcoming a late start in the bidding process, comparing the current effort to the country's past successes in hosting major international events like the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan. The main opposition Democratic Party (DP), represented by its floor leader, Rep. Hong Ihk-pyo, also pledged support for the expo bid, noting the opportunity it presents for South Korea to share its development experience and lead on global issues such as climate change, population structure, and technological advancements. Both parties are rallying behind the bid, highlighting a rare instance of political unity in the country.

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