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Bush pushed to comment on China's record

July 29, 2008

United Press International
July 28, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- Members of U.S. President George Bush's
staff plan to meet with advocacy groups in advance of the president's
trip to the Beijing Olympics, officials said.

Bush has been pressured by lawmakers and advocacy groups to make a
statement of concern about China's crackdown on human rights and
freedoms as China uses the 2008 Summer Games as a showcase.

White House aides said Bush likely will go to church in Beijing
during his trip, but the rest of his itinerary is open, The
Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) reported Monday. He leaves for Beijing next week.

National security adviser Stephen J. Hadley has agreed to meet with
leaders of the major human rights groups, such as Amnesty
International and Human Rights Watch, to hear their ideas and
concerns, the groups said.

"That itself is a positive sign," T. Kumar of Amnesty International
USA told the Post.

The administration also hinted some more symbolic gestures could
happen while Bush is in Beijing. Last month during a meeting with a
group of Chinese dissidents at White House, Bush indicated he would
have a "message" for the Chinese leadership, said Carl Gershman,
president of the National Endowment for Democracy, who attended the meeting.

The House may consider a resolution this week that would call on Bush
to make a statement of some kind on human rights in China, meet with
the families of jailed prisoners of conscience and seek to visit Tibet.
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