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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 10, 2008
President Bush Meets with Vice President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China
Beijing, The People's Republic of China
2:48 P.M. (Local)
VICE PRESIDENT XI: (As translated.) I very much welcome you, Mr. President, and your family members to Beijing for the Opening Ceremony and for the different events and for this visit to Beijing. To my knowledge that you have a quite rich and full and interesting program here in Beijing, and I hope you like the program.
VICE PRESIDENT XI: I'm very familiar with you, Mr. President, because you are always in the limelight of international media. (Laughter.) And I'm very happy to have this opportunity to meet you and get acquainted with you.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you.
VICE PRESIDENT XI: That's why the fact that you've come to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games shows your support for the Chinese efforts to host this Olympiad, and it also shows your understanding and respect for the Chinese people to host these Games.
The U.S. delegation is a very powerful and strong delegation, and you still have a overwhelming and very obvious edge in athletic sports. And I would like to wish American athletes every success and you good performance at the Beijing Olympic Games.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir.
VICE PRESIDENT XI: Just now you had a friendly meeting with President Hu Jintao, and I know later on you are going to have a meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao. I'm very happy to have this opportunity to learn about your views and opinions.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir. Well, thank you very much for your hospitality. We've just had a fabulous lunch, and I'm looking forward to this meeting, as well.
I thank you for the warm hospitality. The opening day celebration was unbelievable. And I appreciate the beautiful venues, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of our teams compete.
So we thank you very much, sir. Thank you.
END 2:53 P.M. (Local)