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President Bush Will Visit Seoul before Beijing Olympics
By Elise Yoon
Staff Reporter
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak with U.S. President George W. Bush at Camp David in April 2008.

U.S. President George W. Bush will arrive in Seoul on August 5, 2008 for a two-day official visit, a local daily Munwha Ilbo reported on July 2, 2008.

President Bush will stop by Seoul on his way to go to Beijing Olympics, according to the report.

Originally, Bush was scheduled to visit Seoul in early July on his way to the G-8 summit in Japan, but his visit was cancelled due to the increasingly violent protests against South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and his resumption of importation of American beef.

Demonstrations began in May following the announcement that American beef would be sold in South Korea. The beef had been banned since 2003, when cases of BDE or mad cow disease had been first confirmed in the United States.

After saying he would be the first Korean president to visit Camp David, Lee Myung-Bak did just that in April 2008. There he invited Bush to Seoul and the two began the process for lifting the ban on U.S. beef in Korea.

When Bush's visit was originally cancelled, the U.S. president said he still planned on visiting Seoul before the end of his term.

The two presidents will meet in Japan at the G-8 Summit Meeting slated for next week, and again in early August when Bush visits South Korea.

It was announced that the president would stop by Seoul on August 5-6, but the White House has since apologized and said the statement was "premature, but not inaccurate."



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Elise Jong-Eun Yoon is serving as a staff reporter of The Seoul Times. She studied telecommunications at Michigan State University in the US. She covers the diplomatic community, travel industry, and other cultural events. Her hobbies include listening to music and swimming.

 

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