South Korea’s overconfidence adds salt to the wound of failed World Expo bid
Busan suffered landslide defeat for 2030 expo, raising questions about ROK’s diplomatic prowess and strategic planning
South Korea’s grand bid to play host to the 2030 World Expo ended in surprise fashion — and great disappointment — on Tuesday, as the country’s southern port city of Busan failed to secure the hosting rights.
The landslide defeat to Riyadh is a significant diplomatic setback for South Korea, given the country’s substantial investment in the bid and confident predictions of a close contest by ROK officials.
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