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Hu Jintao Meets with His U.S. Counterpart George W. Bush

(2008/08/10)

On August 10, Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush, who is here for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games and relevant activities, and gives a dinner in his honor at Yingtai, Zhongnanhai in Beijing

On August 10, 2008, Chinese President Hu Jintao met at Yingtai, Zhongnanhai with his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush, who is here for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games and relevant activities.

Hu welcomed Bush and his family to attend the Olympic opening and watch the games. Hu said Bush and his administration have repeatedly expressed support of the Beijing Olympic Games. He congratulated U.S. athletes on the good results they have scored so far at the games and wished them better performance.

Describing the grand opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, which he attended on the night of August 8, as "spectacular and successful," Bush thanked the Chinese side for its considerate arrangements of various activities for himself and his family during their stay in Beijing.

China-U.S. relations have maintained a good momentum, and face opportunities for further development, Hu said. The Chinese president cited frequent exchanges between the two countries at all levels, a better mechanism of dialogue and consultation in diverse areas, continuously developing cooperation on economy, trade, counter-terrorism, energy, environmental protection and law enforcement and important outcome achieved in Sino-U.S. strategic economic dialogue. Both sides have also maintained fruitful consultation and coordination on major international and regional issues, such as the Korea Peninsula nuclear issue, the Iranian nuclear issue and the Darfur issue. Hu spoke highly of Bush's important contribution to promoting Sino-U.S. constructive cooperative relations since he took office as U.S. president over seven years ago.

Hu emphasized that a sound and continuously growing Sino-U.S. relationship conforms to the fundamental interests of both countries and their peoples and has a far-reaching impact on peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. Hu said the Chinese side has always viewed and handled its relations with the United States from a long-term and strategic perspective. Hu said China is willing to work with the U.S. side to promote dialogue and exchanges, enhance understanding and mutual trust, respect and care for each other's interest and concerns, and settle sensitive issues properly to ensure bilateral relations go along the right track and in a sustained, healthy and stable manner.

Agreeing with Hu's views on U.S.-China relations, Bush noted that the relations with China are important, constructive and forthright, adding that the U.S. side will continue to work with China to build bilateral ties on a more solid foundation before the end of his term. Bush expressed belief that U.S.-China relations will continue to move forward.

On August 10, Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush, who is here for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games and relevant activities, and gives a dinner in his honor at Yingtai, Zhongnanhai in Beijing

On the Taiwan question, Hu emphasized that under new circumstances, the Chinese government will continue to push for the peaceful development of the relations across the Taiwan Straits, and promote cross-Strait personnel, economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation. "No matter what kind of changes take place in the cross-Strait relations, our position of adhering to the one-China principle and opposing 'Taiwan independence' secessionist activities will never change, and cannot be changed," Hu said. He added that China hopes to see Washington properly handle the Taiwan question and support such peaceful development. President Bush responded that the United States is glad to see the improvement of cross-Strait relations.

Both leaders also made a positive evaluation of the progress achieved through the strategic and economic dialogue between the two countries, and agreed to work together to help the dialogue achieve more positive results.

The two presidents also exchanged views on other issues, including the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the Iranian nuclear issue. They agreed that the two sides should maintain communication and coordination, and make joint efforts to facilitate the proper settlement of these issues.

Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.



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