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Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, November 21, 2005 at 11:56 AM
This will look good on Fox, eh Laura?
In the last two weeks, a massive Sino-American shmoozefest has been taking place in Beijing with visits by President George W. Bush, his father H.W., Arnold the Governator, and a gaggle of American congressmen.
George Bush spent Sunday in Beijing going to church, cycling on the Olympic mountain biking track and meeting Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.
Speaking in Pusan, Korea, prior to his arrival in Beijing, Bush talked about the need for religious freedom in China. But it seems that this was rhetoric intended for a U.S. audience. The Bush-supporters who run new right-wing blog portal Open Source Media lapped it up, headlining their story about Bush's China visit "Bush calls for religious freedom in China", and illustrating it with a cheesy photo of a burning candle (link below).
In Beijing however, Bush's tone was a little more restrained. In his official remarks made together with Hu Jintao, this is all he said:
It is important that social, political and religious freedoms grow in China. And we encourage China to continue making the historic transition to greater freedom.
Some commentators have connected the Party's recent commemoration of reformer Hu Yaobang, who is closely associated with the events of 1989, with the Bush visit.
These are the main statements that have resulted from the visit:
- China and the U.S. will work together to solve trade issues;
Bush's churchgoing activities were not prominently reported in the state-owned press, although even the People's Daily did run a short article about it in English. Xinhua and other Chinese news organizations preferred pictures of Bush mountain biking.
However, a Chinese blogger and journalist with the punny name of Bu Zhe Si Liu sneaked into the church with Bush and wrote a short description of it. Here is a rough translation (there is another translation at ESWN - Anti's English Blog Is A Big Flop!
Bush's hairy hand:
I quickly changed to a different line, and used my limited knowledge about Jesus to chat with people around me in the line and get familiar with them. I managed to get inside the church, but when I passed the security guards, they said I couldn't take a camera in. I looked for a place to store my bag and ran to the American's "command center", but the Yank said NO, I couldn't put my bag there.
The below is exceprted from an official Xinhua report:
China's Kong Quan, director-general of the Information Department of Chinese Foreign Ministry, said here Sunday that US President George W. Bush's current visit to China has achieved important results...
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