Chinese President Hu Jintao (R front) meets with former U.S. President George Bush in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2008. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)
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BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu
Jintao met here on Friday with former U.S. President George Bush.
Hailing the progress of China-U.S. relations in
recent years, Hu said that to develop healthy, stable bilateral ties was in the
common interest of both sides and had great significance for peace and
development of the Asian-Pacific region and the world at large.
China was willing to properly handle divergence and
major concerns through dialogue and beef up bilateral exchanges and cooperation
on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, Hu said.
He said that he appreciated Bush's efforts to boost
China-U.S. friendship. He also briefed the former U.S. leader about China's
stance on the Taiwan issue and its preparations for the Beijing Olympic Games.
Calling U.S.-China relations one of the world's most
important bilateral ties, Bush said that he was happy with the development of
the progress of bilateral relations and expressed confidence that there would be
even closer ties with China.
As the honorary president of the U.S. delegation for
the Olympic Games, Bush said he expected to be back in China in August to watch
Calling the Olympics a world sports festival, Bush
said that he opposed politicizing the event and expected a complete success for